General Advice and Calculations

What is Council Tax? 

Council Tax is charged on all domestic properties. The money collected goes towards paying for local services such as education, policing and waste collections.

How is Council Tax Calculated? 

To calculate your Council Tax, you need to know three things:

  1. The Valuation band (external link) of your home
  2. How much is charged for that band
  3. Whether you are eligible for a discount or exemption (external link)

Council Tax Rates 

Who Pays Council Tax? 

It is usually one person over 18 years old (the liable person) that pays Council Tax. Couples living together are jointly responsible; you can have both names added to the bill to reflect this. For the full list of who is liable for Council Tax visit:

Your Council Tax bill explained 

For a guide to what makes up your Council Tax bill, visit:

How do I pay my Council Tax? 

You can pay your Council Tax over 10 months:

You can spread the cost of your Council Tax over 12 months but you will need to let us know. If you want  to do this you can

Are there any discounts or exemptions? 

A full Council Tax bill is based upon two adults living in the domestic property. Some people are disregarded or not counted as adults for Council Tax purposes (for example, if they are full time students). For more details of Council Tax discounts and exemptions visit:

I need help paying my Council Tax?

If you are having problems paying your Council Tax bill:

Contact ARP (external link)

You can choose to spread the cost over 12 months instead of 10 or, if you are on a low income, you could qualify for

What happens if I move in or out of the area?

You will need to let the Council know when you move in or out of your house.

What is Anglia Revenues Partnership?

Anglia Revenues Partnership (ARP) administrates and collects Council Tax and Business Rates for a number of Councils including East Cambridgeshire District Council.