Council tax

Council tax is a local tax, set by councils to help pay for local services. It is based on the value of a property and applies to all domestic properties, including houses, bungalows, flats, maisonettes, mobile homes or houseboats, whether owned or rented.

A typical council tax bill for a Surrey household will consist of county council, borough/district, police and possibly parish elements. The borough and district councils are responsible for collecting the council tax on behalf of the county council, police and parishes.

Council tax payments and enquiries

Council tax bills in Surrey are paid to the district and borough council. Select your borough or district to go to information on payments. Information is also available on council tax benefits.

Council tax benefits

Council tax benefit was abolished and replaced by council tax localisation from April 2013. Each borough and district council is responsible for running its own local council tax scheme

Your local authority will be able to advise you about its local scheme.

People can still get additional non means-tested help with council tax discounts, exemptions and the disability reduction scheme.

Care leaver council tax relief

If you are living in independent/semi-independent accommodation, you can now apply for council tax relief from your borough council. Please see the council tax relief poster and council tax relief – out of county form available to download below.

Council Tax and Adult Social Care Precept 2020/21

As part of our drive to increase investment in Surrey, to make it a place fit for the future, we are raising core Council Tax by 1.99%. In addition, the Government are allowing an increase of up to 2% for the Adult Social Care precept, which will be added to your bill, to help support our vulnerable adults and those in need of social care.

The increase is not considered excessive in accordance with the set of principles determined by the Secretary of State. The Referendums Relating to Council Tax Increase (Principles) (England) Report 2020-21 sets out the maximum allowances for each authority type.

How is the increase calculated?

The increase in Council Tax is calculated on the total amount of Surrey County Council's precept for 2019/20.

Illustrative increase in core Council Tax, based on Band D:

Core Band D for 2020/21 = £1,380.00

Less core Band D for 2019/2020 = £1,351.11

Increases for 2020/21 = £28.89

The overall Band D in 2019/20 = £1,453.50

Calculating the increase on core council tax: £28.89 ÷ £1,453.50 = 1.99% increase

Illustrative increase in the Adult Social Care (ASC) precept, based on Band D:

ASC precept Band D for 2020/21 = £131.46

Less ASC precept Band D for 2019/20 = £102.39

Increases for 2020/21 = £29.07

The overall Band D in 2019/20 = £1,453.50

Calculating the increase on core council tax £29.07 ÷ £1,453.50 = 2% increase

The amount charged for the ASC precept is the sum of the ASC precept increases in 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, and 2020/21; i.e. £24.39 + £38.05 + £39.95 + £29.07 = £131.46. There was no increase to the ASC precept in 2019/20.

What you will pay in 2020/21

BandStandard Amount

ASC Precept

Overall council tax
Overall Council tax
A920.00 87.641,007.64969.00
B 1,073.33102.25 1,175.581,130.50
C 1,226.67 116.851,343.52 1,292.00
D 1,380.00 131.461,511.46 1,453.50

Please find below more information on council tax in Surrey.

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