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Council tax payment FAQs

These are some frequently asked questions about council tax payment.

Who has to pay council tax?

Anyone aged over 18 years old who rents or owns a property in North Somerset must pay council tax.

Who is responsible for paying council tax?

If more than one person owns or leases a property they will be equally responsible for paying the bill. If the property is unoccupied, the owner is responsible for paying. The person billed is the one who comes highest in this list:

  • a freeholder living in the property
  • a leaseholder living in the property
  • a tenant living in the property
  • a licensee living in the property
  • any other person - including squatters

How is the amount of council tax payable by each property determined?

The amount you pay in council tax every year depends on the value of your home. Every home in North Somerset is placed in one of eight council tax property bands, and you must pay that amount.

What are the property bands?

  • band A - Up to £40,000
  • band B - £40,001 to £52,000
  • band C - £52,001 to £68,000
  • band D - £68,001 to £88,000
  • band E - £88,001 to £120,000
  • band F - £120,001 to £160,000
  • band G - £160,001 to £320,000
  • band H - More than £320,000

The bands are based on the estimated sale value of your property on 1 April 1991. Properties built after this date are valued as if they had existed on 1 April 1991.

How are the band values set and what can I do if I disagree with the banding?

These bands are the same throughout England and set by the government’s Valuation Office Agency. For more information about how to find out how and when you can apply to have your property band reviewed, read our property band appeals FAQs.

How much council tax do I have to pay?

Download our council tax rates summary (pdf) to see the annual charges for the property bands in each parish.

What are the acceptable methods for paying council tax?

  • Direct Debit
    Your bank or building society transfers your payments directly to us in instalments on the first of each month. To set up a direct debit register for your own self-serve account and complete the mandate. Or you can download and complete our Direct Debit request form (pdf).
  • online
    Pay online using a credit or debit card. We accept Delta, Maestro, MasterCard, Solo, Switch and Visa.
  • over the phone
    Telephone our automated payment system on 01934 888 121.
  • through your bank
    Pay through your bank or building society quoting sort code: 20 94 74, account number: 7301 5939. You will also need your account number.
  • cheque or postal order
    Send a cheque or postal order made payable to North Somerset Council to: North Somerset Council, Council Tax Payments, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UQ. Write your account number, name and address on the reverse of your cheque or postal order and do not send cash through the post.
  • through any Post Office
    Use the barcode which is on your council tax bill.
  • at a payment kiosk
    Use the kiosks at our main offices, Portishead Library, Worle Library and the For All Healthy Living Centre.

How do I let you know of any changes to my name or address?

If there are any changes to your name or address please register for your own self serve account and complete the change of circumstances form within the portal. Once you have submitted your changes your information will be updated and if necessary a new or final council tax bill issued. If you are disabled or have additional needs please call us on 01934 888 144 so we can amend your records. Register for your own self serve account.