New properties, bands and valuations
The amount of Council Tax you have to pay on your property depends on its banding. Property bandings are set by the Valuation Office Agency. All properties were valued before the start of Council Tax. The valuation date used was 1st April 1991. Bands are based on the saleable value of the property on 1st April 1991 and NOT its current value.
|Valuation band||Value of property|
|A||Up to and including £40,000|
|B||£40,001 - £52,000|
|C||£52,001 - £68,000|
|D||£68,001 - £88,000|
|E||£88,001 - £120,000|
|F||£120,001 - £160,000|
|G||£160,001 - £320,000|
|H||More than £320,00|
The property band is detailed on your bill, just above the financial calculations.
Any improvements made since the start of Council Tax will only increase the band AFTER a sale or any other "relevant transaction" (e.g. transfer of title).
Some apparently similar properties may differ in band. The most likely reason is the valuations made on each property border two bands.
If you become the owner of, or move into a property for the first time you may appeal the banding within 6 months.
If you do appeal you MUST carry on paying your original bill. If your appeal is successful we will refund any money that you have overpaid.
You can challenge your council tax band online or call the Valuation Office on 0300 0501 501
If you’re moving into a newly built or renovated property, it may not yet have been allocated a band by the Valuation Office. You can check your Council Tax band online.
You must tell us, within 21 days, of any change in circumstances which could affect your bill. If you do not you may have to pay a penalty of £70 on the first occasion and £280 on each occasion thereafter.
How much council tax will you need to pay?
The amount of Council Tax payable depends on where you live and your valuation band, this table will help you to check yours. The figures do not include any discount or benefit entitlement that you may have.
|Parts of the Council's Area - The Parish/Town Council of:||Valuation band A||Valuation band B||Valuation band C||Valuation band D||Valuation band E||Valuation band F||Valuation band G||Valuation band H|
|Churchill and Blakedown||£1,334.10||£1,556.45||£1,778.80||£2,001.15||£2,445.85||£2,890.55||£3,335.25||£4,002.30|
|Stourport on Severn||£1,339.25||£1,562.46||£1,785.67||£2,008.88||£2,455.30||£2,901.71||£3,348.13||£4,017.76|
|Wolverley and Cookley||£1,339.77||£1,563.07||£1,786.37||£2,009.66||£2,456.25||£2,902.84||£3,349.43||£4,019.32|
Completion notice for new properties
A Completion Notice is a document issued by a local authority when a newly constructed building (or existing building that has been merged/split) is complete for Council Tax purposes. This may be before a completion notice that is issued for planning or building control purposes.
The Completion Notice is issued in accordance with both Schedule 4 A of the Local Gov Finance Act 1988 and Section 17 of the Local Gov Finance Act 1992.
The information below is general guidance and is not a substitute for the relevant statutes and regulations.
What criteria are used to decide a completion date?
We are required to decide a ‘completion day’ when a building is considered substantially complete. The completion day must also take into consideration work that is still to be finished and may be served up to three months in advance.
Taxation legislation does not provide a definition of 'complete' in respect of new properties. However, with reference to case law, it is taken to apply to a property that is weatherproofed (roof on and windows and doors fitted), plastered internally and having internal walls and stairs. It need not be connected to utilities, or to have a bathroom and kitchen plumbed and fitted.
It is reasonable for us to consider that a professional builder or building company has the resources to build a property, to a standard where a Completion Notice can be issued, faster than someone working on a self build project. This will be reflected in the completion date that we issue.
To ensure the accuracy of our Completion Notices, council officers may visit and review properties that are being built or altered
What if a property is complete but not occupied?
If the property is complete, the Council will serve a Completion Notice on the owner. The 'owner’ is defined as ‘the person entitled to possession’.
A Completion Notice, in respect of Council Tax, means that from the date indicated 100% discount will be awarded for a maximum period of 1 month. This is providing the property remains unoccupied and unfurnished. Following the 1 month discount period, should the property remain unfurnished and unoccupied, a charge of 100% will be applied.
What if the property becomes occupied?
A new or altered property does not require a Completion Notice once someone starts to live there. If a property is occupied before a Completion Notice is served, the date used to enter onto the Council Tax List will be the date of occupation. The occupier will be liable to pay the Council Tax.
What if I disagree with the Completion Notice?
In the first instance, please contact us immediately telling us why you disagree with the date of completion. Once we have received your enquiry we will review our decision in the light of your comments. We may explain our decision to you, or ask you for further information. We will advise you of our final decision as soon as possible, to allow you sufficient time to appeal further if you wish. A revised Completion Notice will be issued if necessary.
The regulations state that if you disagree with a Completion Notice you should appeal to the Valuation Tribunal Service within 28 days of the date of service of the notice.
Your appeal must be made in writing stating the grounds for the appeal and should include a copy of the Completion Notice that has been issued to you.
Appeals against Completion Notices
If you are still not happy with the Council’s decision you can appeal direct to the independent Valuation Tribunal by:
Telephone: 0303 445 8100
If you have lodged an appeal you must still pay your Council Tax bill until the outcome of an appeal is known. You can find more information about appealing your Completion Notice, including an online appeal form, on the Valuation Tribunals website