About Council Tax
Council Tax is a form of local taxation that helps pay for local services, such as:
- Rubbish collection
- Care for the elderly
- The police service
- The fire service
Council Tax came into existence from 1 April 1993. It is charged on all domestic properties and is based upon the value of the property as assessed in 1991. Find out more about what your Council Tax pays for.
Council Tax service update
The annual council tax bills for the year commencing on 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 have been produced based on the information held on our records as at 26 February 2021 and will be posted out from 12 March 2021 onwards.
Please note that if any change is made to your account as a result of any correspondence received from you, a revised bill showing the amendment will be sent to you under separate cover. We are unable to stop the original annual council tax bill from being sent to you.
This is the busiest time of the year for the Council Tax Service and Customer Services. However, your correspondence is important to us and whilst we will endeavour to deal with it as quickly as possible there may be a delay.
Council Tax charge
You will receive your Council Tax bill at the end of March each year, or as soon as you tell us you have moved into a property.
There are two levels of Council Tax payable within Wandsworth.
Firstly, that set by Wandsworth Council and the GLA which is always published as the Council Tax payable and secondly, those properties which are subject to an additional precept (Commons Rate) by the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators.
The tax is charged at eight different levels, each covering a different band of property values.
Wandsworth Council Tax - Main (2021/22)
Wandsworth Council Tax - Commons (2021/22)
Greater London Authority (2021/22)
Total Council Tax - Main (2021/22)
Total Council Tax - Commons (2021/22)
Residents living near to Wimbledon and Putney Commons and Putney Heath pay a small additional amount to the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators (WPCC) which funds the upkeep of these open spaces.
Council Tax bands and charges for two previous years are available to view online:
Valuation bands are decided by the Valuation Office Agency, who are part of the Inland Revenue, and not by the Council.
The valuation bands place properties in eight categories that are listed in the table below.
|Band||Property value at 1 April 1991|
|A||up to £40,000|
|B||£40,001 to £52,000|
|C||£52,001 to £68,000|
|D||£68,001 to £88,000|
|E||£88,001 to £120,000|
|F||£120,001 to £160,000|
|G||£160,001 to £320,000|
|H||Values over £320,000|
Find out what valuation band your property is in on the Valuation Office Agency website.
Appealing a valuation band
The valuation band for each property has been decided by the Inland Revenue Valuation Office Agency.
You have a right to appeal against a valuation band on a property up to six months after first becoming responsible for the Council Tax, or if there are substantial alterations either to the property or the area in which it is situated.
When considering an appeal, you must take into account that the valuations are based on market values as at 1 April 1991 and assume that the property is in a reasonable state of repair and is sold with full vacant possession. The actual circumstances, or whether you own or rent the property, are not considered.
If you have made an appeal, you should remember that the Council Tax must be paid on the Valuation Band that is presently set. Any credit will be refunded should your appeal be successful.
Combining the Council Tax for two authorities
The Council Tax collected by Wandsworth Council has to cover the spending needs of Wandsworth Council and the Greater London Authority (GLA). The amounts for each authority are added together to work out the total Council Tax for each band.
The Wandsworth Council element shows the average council tax across the borough, which is a blended rate between the different amounts paid by either the majority of the borough or those properties that attract an additional levy for the Wimbledon & Putney Commons Conservators.
|2020/21 £||2021/22 £||% increase|
Wandsworth Council (average)
|Adult Social Care*||41.81||55.84||3% increase|
|Total Wandsworth Council (average)||467.75||481.78||3% increase|
|Greater London Authority (GLA)||332.07||363.66||9.5% increase|
*The Council Tax attributable to Wandsworth includes a precept to fund adult social care (ASC). The % increase shown for ASC does not correspond to the increase in the ASC alone, it is the % increase of the total charge attributable to ASC.