Council Tax charges and bands

Council Tax is a property based tax (including some caravans) which contributes towards Council services.

Increase to Council Tax charges for Bands E-H

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.

Scottish Government has recently taken a decision to increase the proportion of tax payable on Bands E-H which comes into effect from 01 April 2017.  We have no discretion and must apply these changes.  Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Council Tax reductions

If you are in Council Tax Band E, F G or H and are not currently in receipt of Council tax Reduction, you may qualify for a reduction equivalent to the difference between the new multiplier and the old multiplier.  For more information on Council Tax Reduction and details on how to apply please see our Council Tax Reduction page.

Increase to Council Tax charges for all Scottish Borders households

In addition to the above, we have decided to increase Council Tax (for the first time in 9 years) by 3% which is the maximum allowed and remove the 10% discount currently awarded to properties that are Second Homes.  These changes will take effect from 01 April 2017. 

Your property banding

You can check the band for your property on the Scottish Assessors website.

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.

Council Tax charges 2017-18
Band Council Tax Water charge Waste water charge Total
A £744.35 £132.84 £154.20 £1,031.39
B £868.40 £154.98 £179.90 £1,203.28
C £992.46 £177.12 £205.60 £1,375.18
D £1,116.52 £199.26 £231.30 £1,547.08
E £1,466.98 £243.54 £282.70 £1,993.22
F £1,814.35 £287.82 £334.10 £2,436.27
G £2,186.52 £332.10 £385.50 £2,904.12
H £2,735.47 £398.52 £462.60 £3,596.59

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.

Visit Scottish Assessors website