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.

Business Rates

  • The sharing of personal data

    This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds that it administers, and to this end may use the information held about you for the prevention and detection of fraud. This will include the sharing of information with bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds. This may also include organisations employed by the Council to assist in the undertaking and fulfilment of its duties. For example, credit agencies and software suppliers who will assist in the review of exemptions and discounts which have been awarded for Council Tax.

    The information held on the Council Tax database about you may also be shared with other departments of the Council for purposes that the Council is required to fulfil by law.

    Please see "related pages" on the right with regards to the data matching exercise which the Audit Commission is required to undertake on the Council's behalf. Information regarding people who claim single person discounts for Council Tax is provided to the Audit Commission who match this data with information received from the Electoral Register. Any mis-matches are passed back to the Council for investigation.

  • 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. 

  • Guidance for landlords

    Landlords are liable for council tax if:

    • they live in the property with the tenants
    • the property is regarded as a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO)
      (This means if the residents pay their rent to the landlord separately for their own room or part of the property and they share communal areas like the kitchen and bathroom. The tenants will usually have individual tenancy agreements.)
    • the property is unoccupied because it is nobody's main home.

    In these cases where you are liable to pay, you are not entitled to receive Council Tax Reduction in respect of any residents on a low income. This does not affect any entitlement to Housing Benefit or Universal Credit.