FAQs : Council Tax

Q1 :   Where can I see what my Council Tax band is for my property ? faq image
A1 :   The Council Tax Banding list is available for inspection at the Assessor’s Office, 9 Wellington Square, Ayr or at principal offices of each local authority. It is also available, online, at the SAA web site.
Q2 :   Will my band be increased if I build an extension onto my house ?
A2 :   Under current legislation any alterations or extensions that you carry out will not affect the valuation band until the property is sold. A representative from this office may re-inspect the property in order to review the banding for future purchasers or revaluation.
Q3 :   I have recently moved into a new property, how do I find out my band ?
A3 :   If your house is not shown on the Council Tax Banding List you should contact the Assessor immediately. She will arrange for the property to be inspected and added to the Council Tax Banding List as soon as possible.
Q4 :   What can I do if I think that my Council Tax band is too high ?
A4 :   All interested parties had a right to lodge a proposal to change/appeal against the original banding. Thereafter there are only limited circumstances in which a proposal/appeal may be made. Please contact the Assessors’ department and they will advise you on your rights of Appeal. You may download a proposal form and guidance notes from this site.
Q5 :   How much will I be asked to pay for my Council Tax ?
A5 :   The Director of Finance of your local Council determines the actual amount of Council Tax payable in respect of each property.
Q6 :   What does each band refer to in terms of value ?
A6 :   The banding reflects the figure for which the property might have been expected to sell in the open market on 1st April 1991, given the conditions set out in the legislation which established the Council Tax. See the list of Council Tax Bands for the current value levels.
Q7 :   I pay less ( or more ) for my house than the band it has been put into. Is the banding wrong ?
A7 :   The band applied to any house is based on an examination of the prices of all comparable houses sold at or about 1st April 1991.
Q8 :   How can my house be valued at 1991 prices when it was not built then ?
A8 :   The band applied to any house is based on an examination of the prices of all comparable houses sold at or about 1st April 1991.
Q9 :   Will there be a Council Tax revaluation ?
A9 :   The date of a Council Tax Revaluation is determined by the Government and, as yet, no date has been fixed.