Council tax is a locally set tax that is payable on all domestic properties. In most cases there will be one bill per property, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether it is owned or rented. Generally, the bigger the property is, the more tax will be charged. Some property will be exempt from council tax.
Council tax is your contribution to the many services the council provides such as schools, roads, libraries, meals in the home, and rubbish collection, as well as the police, fire service and many other local services.
Previously the council sent a Council Tax Guide to you with your council tax bills. From this year it is no longer a legal requirement to send it as 'hard copy' and we are now publishing the information on the website. However if you wish to receive a printed copy of the information free of charge please contact us. Click on the links below to view the information
With our new online service you can:
Our aim is to provide a responsive, quality service that reflects our commitment to customer care for the whole community.
You can apply for a refund if you have paid too much council tax.
Details of the various ways in which you can reduce your council tax bill.
If you are having difficulty paying your council tax or rent, we may be able to help. If you feel that you may be entitled, you can put in a claim for council tax support or housing benefit.
If you want to contact us about your council tax, you can email, write, call or visit us. If you are disabled or housebound, we can also arrange a home visit for you.
You can pay your council tax online, by direct debit, by phone, by post, or in person.
From 1 April 2013 you may also spread your payments over 12 monthly instalments instead of 10. Please contact us to arrange this.
If you do not pay your council tax instalments in full and on time, you will be sent a reminder.
If you are moving into, within or out of Lambeth you need to let us know straight away so we can send you your correct council tax bill.
Council tax is related to the valuation of your property. Each property has been valued and placed in one of eight council tax bands by the Valuation Office Agency, which is part of the Inland Revenue, not Lambeth Council.
Council tax is charged on every domestic property in the borough and is payable by homeowners or occupiers.