Council Tax is a property based tax (including some caravans) which contributes towards Council services.
Increase to Council Tax charges for all Scottish Borders households
From 01 April 2019 Council Tax will increase by 4 per cent.
Your property banding
Every property is in a band and the charge is based on 2 adult residents. How much you pay depends on which band your house is in. Each band is calculated as a proportion of band D.
You can check the band for your property on the Scottish Assessors website.
Council Tax reductions
For more information on Council Tax Reduction and details on how to apply please see our Council Tax Reduction page.
Unoccupied property Council Tax
If your property has been unoccupied for more than 12 months, you may be charged double the normal rate of Council Tax. Further details can be found on the long term empty properties page.
Change in household circumstances
To make sure the right person is charged Council Tax at the right rate, you must tell us about any changes in the circumstances of the adults (aged 18 or over) living in a property.
If there have been any changes in your circumstances, for instance if someone new has moved in, or out then please let us know. It means we can see if you are entitled to money off your Council Tax.
Band D Council Tax set by Scottish Borders Council
This year Band D Council Tax has been set at
Present Year £1,196
Previous Year £1,150
Scottish Average Band D Council Tax (2018/19) £1,208
EXAMPLE: Band D Council Tax bill of £1,196.02 would be split as follows:
|Spend||Band D Equivalent|
|Children & Young People||£527.35|
|Health & Social Care||£250.26|
|Finance, IT & Procurement||£141.97|
|Assets & Infrastructure||£119.74|
|Customer & Communities||£84.44|
|Culture & Sport||£24.53|
|Economic Development &