Council Tax FAQs
- What does the Assessor do?
- What is the Council Tax Valuation List?
- What do the Council Tax bandings mean?
- How did the Assessor arrive at my banding?
- I have recently moved into a house that is not shown on the Council Tax Valuation List. How do I find out the Valuation Band?
- I have recently purchased a house. How do I find out its Council Tax Valuation Band?
- If I have recently extended my house, will my valuation band be increased?
- I would like to have my house removed from the Council Tax Valuation List. How do I request this?
- I'm not happy with my banding. Can I appeal against it?
- How do I make a proposal?
- Who can I contact about paying Council Tax?
- Where can I find more information regarding Council Tax and Council Tax Bands?
- How do I contact Fife Assessor?
What does the Assessor do?
The Assessor is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the Council Tax Valuation List, which places each dwelling in one of eight valuation bands. The band reflects the Assessor's opinion of the property's open market value as at 1st April 1991 subject to certain statutory assumptions. Properties built since 1991 must still be banded using the value they would have had if they had existed in 1991.
|Range of Values||Band|
|Up to £27,000||A|
|Over £27,000 and up to £35,000||B|
|Over £35,000 and up to £45,000||C|
|Over £45,000 and up to £58,000||D|
|Over £58,000 and up to £80,000||E|
|Over £80,000 and up to £106,000||F|
|Over £106,000 and up to £212,000||G|
What is the Council Tax Valuation List?
The Council Tax Valuation List is a list of all the dwellings in the area, giving their banding for Council Tax purposes. It sets out for each property:
- Council Tax reference number
- Its address
- Its banding
- The effective date of the banding
What do the Council Tax bandings mean?
The banding reflects the figure for which the property might have been expected to sell in the open market on 1st April 1991, given the conditions and assumptions set out in Council Tax legislation.
How did the Assessor arrive at my banding?
To decide which band is applied to each dwelling in his area, the Assessor looked at the prices obtained by every house sold in the open market around 1991. All available information was used to place bands on all of the dwellings in the Fife area.
I have recently moved into a house that is not shown on the Council Tax Valuation List. How do I find out the Valuation Band?
If the house is not shown on the Council Tax Valuation List you should contact the Assessor immediately (Tel: 03451 55 55 33). Arrangements will be made for the property to be inspected and added to the Council Tax Valuation List as soon as possible.
I have recently purchased a house. How do I find out its Council Tax Valuation Band?
The band will be shown on the Council Tax Valuation List. The List is a public document. It is available to view online, via the Scottish Assessors Portal Website at www.saa.gov.uk/fife/.
The Assessor may change the banding of a property in certain circumstances including when purchased and altered and/or extended by a previous owner. If you have a query about this please contact the Assessor.
If I have recently extended my house, will my valuation band be increased?
Under current legislation alterations and extensions will not affect the Council Tax Valuation Band until the property is subsequently sold. However, once sold the banding may be reviewed and the new taxpayer may have to pay a higher amount of Council Tax.
I would like to have my house removed from the Council Tax Valuation List. How do I request this?
There are limited circumstances in which a house can be removed, e.g. demolition, change of use to non-domestic (such as a guest house or holiday let). Further information can be obtained by contacting Fife Assessor.
I'm not happy with my banding. Can I appeal against it?
An appeal against the banding of your house is described in the legislation as a 'proposal'. The circumstances in which you can lodge a proposal are limited by Council Tax legislation.
Details regarding this can be found at www.saa.gov.uk/proposals.html or by contacting Fife Assessor.
How do I make a proposal?
If you wish to make a proposal, you should contact the Assessor
(Tel: 03451 55 55 33). The Assessor will send you a form on which to make your proposal. Alternatively, a proposal can be made online via the Scottish Assessors Portal Website at www.saa.gov.uk/fife/
Complete the form and return it to the Assessor, who will acknowledge receipt of your proposal.
Who can I contact about paying Council Tax?
If you have any queries concerning the payment of your Council Tax, you should contact the Finance & Procurement Service of Fife Council.
Council Tax Enquiries: 03451 55 11 55
Contact the Benefits and Council Tax Team Online
Where can I find more information regarding Council Tax and Council Tax Bands?
The Council Tax Valuation List can be viewed on the Fife section of the Scottish Assessors Portal at www.saa.gov.uk/fife/. Additional information and advice relating to Council Tax is also available at this site. Alternatively, you may contact Fife Assessor.
How do I contact Fife Assessor?
By Telephone: 03451 55 55 33
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By visiting the public office at:
Tel: 03451 55 55 33 Contact Fife Assessor online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH