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 2018 Council Tax will increase by 3%.
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.
The Scottish Government made a decision last year to increase the proportion of tax payable on Bands E-H from 01 April 2017. 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.
Last year we made the decision to remove the 10% discount currently awarded to properties that are Second Homes. This change took effect from 01 April 2017.
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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.