Your Council Tax bill explained

  • Your Council Tax bill explained

The Council Tax you pay goes towards local services such as policing, fire services, education, parks and household rubbish collections.

The amount you pay depends on the area that you live in and which property band your home is given. Your bill will be adjusted if you qualify for any of the Council Tax discounts or exemptions, or if you qualify for help with your Council Tax because you have a low income. Your bill will also be adjusted if you are charged a premium.

Council Tax charges 2018/19


In this area, a 'precept' is a charge collected on behalf of Thanet District Council, Kent County Council, The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority and our parish councils.

We collect the Council Tax on behalf of all these authorities. Find out more about where your Council Tax goes

Information from other authorities who deliver services in your area:

The adult social care precept

The adult social care precept is an amount charged by Kent County Council to help fund adult social care. More about the adult social care precept

Premiums for my empty properties

An additional amount of Council Tax (a ‘premium’) is charged when a property has been empty for two years or more.  The premium is set at 50%.

This means that if you own a property which has been empty and unfurnished for two years or more, you will be charged an extra 50% Council Tax on top of the full Council Tax for the property.  This means that you will have to pay a 150% Council Tax charge.  More about the long-term empty premium.

If you disagree with your Council Tax bill

Please see the appeals and disputes page for information about how to appeal and what you can appeal against.

If you appeal against your Council Tax, you must continue with your regular payments until your appeal has been dealt with.

If you don’t pay your Council Tax

The Council Tax is a priority bill that must be paid by everyone who is liable.

If Council Tax is not paid as and when it is due, we will take recovery action which could mean costs being added to your account.

Further information