Council Tax is a local tax set by local councils to help pay for local services.
There will be one bill per dwelling (house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat) whether it is owner-occupied or rented.
How much will I have to pay?
Your Council Tax bill will be based on the relative value (see Council Tax Bands) of your dwelling compared to others in the local area. There is a discount scheme where only one adult lives in a dwelling. The bill may also be reduced where people with disabilities live in a dwelling, and people on low income may be entitled to a reduction under our Council Tax Support scheme.
Details of how the Council decides the level of Council Tax and how that money is spent can be found on our Efficiencies: How we give you value for money web page.
Protecting the tax base
Brentwood Borough Council is committed to keeping the Council Tax we charge as low as possible. Protecting our tax base will help us to do so by making sure that any support, discount or exemption we award is compliant with the law and local policies.
We have team of dedicated Compliance Officers who are determined to detect and stamp out any non compliance and where appropriate issue penalties to residents who do not tell us about changes that affect the amount of Council Tax they are liable to pay.
If you want to help the Council to keep the Council Tax as low as possible and you suspect that a resident is not entitled to receive Council Tax Support or a Council Tax discount or exemption please contact our compliance hotline (0800 028 1492) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any information you provide will be treated confidentially and will not be disclosed to anyone else.
Examples of non compliance are:
- Changes to income which could reduce the amount of Council Tax Support
- A change to the household which could end entitlement to a single person discount or reduce the amount of Council Tax Support
- Someone starting work which could reduce the amount of Council Tax Support
How we do it
We use a number of tools to help us identify non compliance, including the use of data checking software to ensure discounts and exemptions are awarded appropriately.
If we find out that a change in circumstance has occurred and we have not been notified of this change within 21 days of it occurring, we will impose a penalty of £70. A second failure to notify a change may lead to a further penalty of £280 being imposed.
The penalty notice will be issued as part of a revised Council Tax demand and a new bill displaying the penalty will be issued. The bill will serve as your formal notice of the penalty.