Council Tax explained; bands and rates, who pays, understanding your bill and what the Council does with the money. Also the Lambeth Council Tax list and our privacy and fraud notices.

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Council Tax bills

Council Tax bills are issued every March, or when you become liable for paying Council Tax at a property (i.e. when you take ownership). Your Council Tax bill will show:

  • who in the household is liable to pay
  • how much is owed
  • the instalment amounts and dates
  • any relevant discounts or exemptions
  • how the bill is calculated.

Council Tax bills are issued annually and only one is sent to a property regardless of how many people live there.

We’ll only send another one if your bill has been adjusted or you’ve requested another copy of it.

If you need a copy of your Council Tax bill fill in the Council Tax enquiry form

e-billing

You can switch to paperless billing if you’d prefer to receive electronic bills instead of paper copies.

e-billing:

  • saves paper, so it’s better for the environment
  • helps us reduce our printing and postage costs, helping to keep council tax down
  • you can download or print the bill if you need it for proof of address.

When a bill is ready for you to view, we’ll send you an email to let you know. There’s no barcode on e-bills so you can’t use them to pay at Paypoint outlets or Post Offices. When you sign up for e-billing, you’ll still receive bill reminders, final notices or summons in the post.

Sign up for e-billing

To sign up for e-billing you’ll need to have a mylambeth account.

Find out how to access Council Tax services using mylambeth.

When you've filled in the e-billing signup form you'll get an error message. Don't worry about this, your request will go through and you'll received an email confirming you’ve registered for e-billing.

How to view your e-bill

When you've logged into the mylambeth Council Tax service

  1. select your Council Tax account
  2. your bills will be in the eBills/Notices section.

Council Tax bands and rates

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 (VOA), which is an executive agency sponsored by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), not Lambeth Council. Council Tax is used to pay for local services, provided by us, the police and fire and rescue. You can read more about this in the Council Tax demand notice

The amount you pay depends on the valuation band of your property. The bands are based on what a home might have sold for in April 1991, even if they were built recently, and are set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).

Council Tax rates for 2019-20

You can find out your home's property band and charges using our property bands search tool.

Find your Council Tax band

View the Council Tax rates for this year and see how they compare to the previous year.

Band Market value of your home on 1 April 1991 Council Tax 2019-20 Council Tax 2020-21
A Up to £40,000 £963.47 £1,001.09
B £40,001 to £52,000 £1,124.05 £1,167.96
C £52,001 to £68,000 £1,284.62 £1,334.78
D £68,001 to £88,000 £1,445.20 £1,501.63
E £88,001 to £120,000 £1,766.35 £1,835.32
F £120,001 to £160,000 £2,087.51 £2,169.04
G £160,001 to £320,000 £2,408.66 £2,502.73
H £320,001 and over £2,890.39 £3,003.28

Appeal against your Council Tax banding

If you want to appeal against your banding you must contact the VOA.

Contact us using the Council Tax enquiry form if you want to appeal about one of the issues outlined below: *you don't think you're the person who should pay the bill *you believe you're entitled to a reduction in your Council Tax which you have not received *you believe you're entitled to an exemption from paying Council Tax.

You must continue to pay the instalments shown on your Council Tax bill, even if you have submitted an appeal, until a final decision is made.

Lambeth Council Tax list

Council Tax privacy notice

Counter fraud team privacy notice

mylambeth Council Tax and business rates service accessibility statement