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Council tax

The council tax you pay funds services provided by us, Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Police. If you live in an area with a parish or town council, some of the council tax also goes to them.

From the overall council tax charge an average band D household in Dacorum will pay, we will receive £179.83 a year to pay for our services. (please see below an explanation of council tax bands). This is the equivalent to 49p a day.

Your council tax pays for a wide range of services including:

  • collecting rubbish and recycling;
  • keeping street and parks clean and tidy;
  • environmental health services (for example, dealing with rats and pollution and inspecting places that sell or serve food);
  • licensing;
  • planning services;
  • playgrounds;
  • arts services; and
  • housing advice and benefits.

Council tax bands

The amount you pay will depend on the valuation band the Valuation Office Agency has placed your home in. An average household is in band D. Your bill will tell you which property band you are in. You can find out more information about valuation bands.

Where your money goes

We collect your council tax and put it into a separate fund called the 'collection fund'.
This year we need to collect £80 million in council tax.
Although we are responsible for collecting all of your council tax, only 12p of every £1 we collect is kept by us to pay for our services. The rest of what we collect goes to Hertfordshire County Council who receive 78p of every £1 and to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire who gets a further 10p.
Find out how much council tax you will pay to each of these public authorities.
Each authority has produced their own leaflet to show how they spend their part of the council tax, to view these please click on the links.

Council Tax charges for 2015-2016

Last year's information on 2014-15 charges .

Further breakdowns and more information about  how the council tax for your property is calculated.

Information on our spending and income.

How to pay your council tax

Paying your council tax bill

Other useful council tax information

Frequently asked questions about your council tax bill

Appeals against payment

Banding appeals

Council tax - payment problems

Council tax valuation bands

Reducing your bill

Council tax support


Council tax reductions

Empty properties and second homes

Occupied properties that are not charged council tax

Contact us

Phone: 01442 228000

Address: Dacorum Borough Council, Council Tax Section, Civic Centre, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, HP1 1HH

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