Council Tax

Council Tax

Council tax is a property-based tax payable on most domestic properties such as a house or a flat but can also include other types of property where people can live such as a 'granny annex' or a caravan.Your council tax funds a range of local services. Winchester City Council collects the council tax in the district on behalf of the County Council, the Police, the Fire and Rescue service and your Parish Council or Winchester Town. Some of the council tax is kept by Winchester City Council to help pay for the services which we provide.

  • Changes to Council Tax from 1st April 2019

    Council Tax – empty and unfurnished 1 month discount                                                                      

    The one month discount for empty and unfurnished properties will end with effect from 31st March 2019. From the 1st April 2019 these properties will pay the full Council Tax.

    100% Premium for long term empty properties.                                                                                                         

    A premium will be introduced on properties which have been empty and unfurnished from 1st April 2019. The premium will be additional Council Tax payable at 100% for that property and will be shown on the front of your bill, if applicable.

    More information on the empty property changes can be found here.

    Care Leaver Discount

    A reduction to Council Tax will be available from 1 April 2019 for qualifying care leavers who are under 25 years old. For residents in Winchester it will be Hampshire County Council who will confirm that an individual is a qualifying care leaver.

    The reduction on Council Tax will be 100% for a care leaver who is the sole resident of a property. If there are 2 or more residents in the property, the care leaver will be disregarded for Council Tax purposes. The reduction will be applied from the date of qualification up to the day before the care leavers 25th birthday.

    For more information on this Council Tax reduction or to find out how to apply for it then please contact the Revenues Section on 01962 848 288

  • Manage Your Council Tax Online

    You can now do the following online:

    • Set up a Direct Debit
    • Check your Council Tax Band and annual charge
    • Tell us about a move
    • Apply for, or cancel, a Single Person Discount

    Also......when your Council Tax bill is sent out to you in March, it will include an online key which will allow you to:

    • Switch to electronic billing
    • View your account details and notices
    • Update your contact details
  • Contact the Council Tax team

    Phone:   01962 848 288
    Write:    Council Tax, City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, Hants. SO23 9LJ
    Visit:     City Offices Monday to Thursday 8.45am - 5pm, Friday 8.45am - 4.30pm (a private interview room is available by appointment).
                  Please note: if you wish to see a member of staff you should arrive no later than 10 minutes prior to closing time. This is to ensure that
                  there is sufficient time available to deal with your enquiry.