Council Tax

About Council tax

The Council Tax you pay funds services provided by us, Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Police.

The amount of Council Tax each household pays per year is based on the value of the property. This excludes town and parish council charges (if you live in areas served by town and parish councils, you will also pay an extra charge for their services).

Your Council Tax bill states which band applies to your property. To find out how much you should pay, you can check the banding level of your property.

Charges for 2023-2024

We collect your Council Tax on behalf of Dacorum Borough Council, Hertfordshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire and the parish and town councils. Council Tax rises are set individually by each of these organisations.

We have raised our element of the Council Tax by 2.9 per cent, which equates to £6.27 per year for a band D property.

Council Tax rates 2023-2024
Area Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
Aldbury 1,421.82
3,080.62 3,554.55
Berkhamsted 1,412.29 1,647.67 1,883.05 2,118.43 2,589.19 3,059.97 3,530.72 4,236.86
Bovingdon 1,401.96 1,635.62 1,869.28 2,102.94 2,570.26 3,037.59
Chipperfield 1,420.93 1,657.75 1,894.57 2,131.39 2,605.03 3,078.69 3,552.32 4,262.78
Flamstead 1,416.92 1,653.07 1,889.23 2,125.38 2,597.69 3,070.01 3,542.3 4,250.76
Flaunden 1,400.42 1,633.82 1,867.23 2,100.63 2,567.44 3,034.26 3,501.05 4,201.26
Great Gaddesden 1,391.92 1,623.90 1,855.89 2,087.87 2,551.84 3,015.82 3,479.79 4,175.74
Kings Langley 1,414.22 1,649.91 1,885.62 2,121.32 2,592.73 3,064.14 3,535.54 4,242.64
Little Gaddesden 1,401.40 1,634.97 1,868.54 2,102.10 2,569.23  3,036.38 3,503.50 4,204.20
Markyate 1,419.70 1,656.31 1,892.93 2,129.54 2,602.77 3,076.01 3,549.24 4,259.08
Nash Mills 1,397.78 1,630.74 1,863.71 2,096.67 2,562.60 3,028.54 3,494.45 4,193.34
Nettleden/Potten End 1,397.38 1,630.28 1,863.18 2,096.07 2,561.86 3,027.67 3,493.45 4,192.14
Northchurch 1,396.09 1,628.77 1,861.45 2,094.13 2,559.49 3,024.87 3,490.22 4,188.26
Tring Rural 1,406.49 1,640.90 1,875.32 2,109.73 2,578.56 3,047.40 3,516.22 4,219.46
Tring Town  1,399.44 1,632.67 1,865.92 2,099.15 2,565.63 3,032.12 3,498.59 4,198.30
Wigginton 1,395.14 1,627.65 1,860.18 2,092.70 2,557.75 3,022.80 3,487.84 4,185.40
Unparished (Hemel Hempstead) 1,377.51 1,607.09 1,836.68 2,066.26 2,525.43 2,984.61 3,443.77 4,132.52

More information on charges

Find out more about our spending and income.

Where your money goes

Every £1 of your Council Tax is shared in the following way:

  • Hertfordshire County Council - 78p
  • Dacorum Borough Council - 11p
  • The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire - 11p

For more information on how each authority spends its part of the Council Tax, please see below:

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  • Dacorum Borough Council

    We provide a range of services for our 150,000 residents. Eleven per cent of your Council Tax bill goes to fund these important services, including:

    • Bins and recycling, including collection of 12 million waste and recycling bins per year
    • Keeping streets and parks clean and tidy, including 62 play areas, 5 Green Flag parks and 2 Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust
    • Maintaining playgrounds and play areas across the borough
    • Environmental Health Services, including pest control, food inspection, advice and anti-social behaviour
    • Licensing
    • Community Grants, including funding and support for community groups
    • Planning Services, including the Local Plan, planning permission and enforcement
    • Housing Advice and Benefits, providing advice to those in housing need and processing housing benefit, Council Tax support and discretionary housing payments.

    More information

  • Hertfordshire County Council

    Hertfordshire County Council provides a substantial number of services. Seventy-eight per cent of your Council Tax bill goes to fund these important services, including:

    • Adult Social Services
    • Children’s Social Care, including adoption and fostering
    • Schools and Education
    • Libraries and Archives
    • Highways, Roads and Pavements, including reporting faulty street lights, potholes or roadworks
    • Recycling, Waste and Environment
    • Births, Deaths, Marriages and Citizenship
    • Health in Hertfordshire
    • Fire and Rescue, including fire stations and rescue services
    • Business and Trading Standards.

    More information

  • The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

    Eleven per cent of your Council Tax bill goes to fund policing and crime prevention, including:

    • Setting a five-year Police and Crime Plan and determining local policing priorities
    • Driving down crime and providing an efficient and effective service for the public.

    More information

  • Parish and town councils
    • Allotments
    • Village halls
    • Cemeteries and closed churchyards.

    More information

    For further details, please contact your parish or town council.

Frequently asked questions

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  • What should I do if I can't afford to pay my Council Tax?

    If you find yourself in a position where you owe money to us and cannot pay, do not just ignore the problem. Get in touch with us so that we can work out a plan to deal with the matter.

    Although we may not be able to simply write off a debt, we may, for instance, be able to agree easier payment terms until your circumstances improve.

    Our specialist officers may also be able to tell you about other benefits and concessions to which you may be entitled - and even help you fill in the application forms if you would like us to do so.

    Contact us

    Council Tax telephone helpline: 01442 228000

    Dacorum Borough Council
    Council Tax Section
    The Forum
    Hemel Hempstead
    HP1 1DN

  • My Council Tax bill shows a credit from last year, what will happen to this amount?

    If your 2023-2024 bill shows that your account is in credit and you would like it refunded, please email or call 01442 228000 and ask for Council Tax.

    If you still have credit from last year (April 2022 to March 2023), it will be taken off this year's bill to reduce the instalments. You can still have the credit refunded, but this will mean that your instalments for 2023-2024 will increase. If you still want the credit refunded, please email or call 01442 228000 and ask for Council Tax. Once the refund has been authorised, you will receive a revised Council Tax bill showing your new instalments.

    Please note: we will refund you by direct credit to your bank or building society account. If you do not currently pay by Direct Debit, we will need your bank details to refund you.

  • I received a bill for my old address but I have now moved - what should I do?

    If you have already told us about your change of address, you will receive a revised council tax bill in the next two weeks.

    If you pay by Direct Debit, have moved out of the borough and do not want your April instalment taken, please cancel your Direct Debit with your bank.

    If you have moved within the borough, and you are liable to pay Council Tax at your new address, any payment made on your old account will be transferred to your new bill.

    If you have not told us about your move, please email us the details at or by phone on 01442 228000.

  • I receive Council Tax Support, has this been taken off my bill?

    Yes. We have worked out your Council Tax Support for 2023-2024 and this is included on your Council Tax bill.

  • I pay by Direct Debit, do I need to set up a new one?

    If you have already set up a Direct Debit, this will show on the front of your bill, and you do not have to do anything else.

    As a Direct Debit payer, you can choose to make payment on the 1st, 10th or 21st day of the month. If you would like to change your Direct Debit payment date, please let us know by emailing or calling 01442 228000.

  • My bill shows 10 monthly instalments. Can I pay over 12 months instead?

    Yes. You have the right to pay in 12 monthly instalments. If you want to do this, let us know by email at or call us on 01442 228000. You can also pay over 12 months by Direct Debit. Find out how to set up a Direct Debit with us.

    If you have an instalment due for 1 April 2023, you'll need to pay the amount shown on your bill and your future instalments will be adjusted.

  • I have received my bill. Can I set up a Direct Debit?

    Yes. You can set up a Direct Debit online. Please visit our Paying your Council Tax bill page for more information.

  • It states at the bottom of my bill that my account is in arrears - why is this?

    The Council Tax bill was issued using information as of 3 March 2023. If you have made a payment since 3 March 2023, it will not be included in the bill.

    If you still owe money, we may take recovery action. Please email us at or call 01442 228000 and ask for Council Tax Recovery.

  • Why does Hertfordshire County Council show as a 3.0 per cent increase?

    The total amount you pay to Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) has increased by 4.99 per cent from last year. The way that this increase is shown on your bill was decided by central Government.

    The amount you pay to HCC is made up of two parts - one for general spending, and the other a ring-fenced amount, which can only be spent on providing adult social care.

    For a band D property, the total HCC charge for 2022-23 was £1,529.31. This was split as £1,348.63 for general spending and £180.68 for adult social care.

    For 2023-2024, this has increased by 2.99 per cent for general spending (£45.73) and 2.00 per cent for adult social care (£30.59). This means the total HCC charge for 2023-2024 is £1,605.63.

    The Government has asked us to split the HCC amount into two parts on your Council Tax bill so you can see how much of your payment is helping to pay for adult social care. However, it also wants us to show the increase based on the change from last year’s total charge, and rounded to one decimal place only. This is why your bill shows a change of 2.0 per cent for the HCC Adult Social Care supplement, and a change of 3.0 per cent for Hertfordshire County Council.

    Find out more about Hertfordshire County Council’s budget and spending plans.

  • I haven’t received my Council Tax bill for 2023-2024 yet. What should I do?

    If you haven't received your Council Tax bill, please let us know by email at or call us on 01442 228000 and we will send you a copy of the bill.

  • I have already contacted you about my Council Tax. When should I expect a reply?

    We are currently dealing with a large volume of work, and it is likely to be two weeks before you receive a reply from us. Whether you contacted us by phone, letter or email, it will take the same amount of time for us to get back to you.

Contact us

Phone: 01442 228000
Dacorum Borough Council 
Council Tax Section 
The Forum
Hemel Hempstead

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