The amount of Council Tax that you have to pay is determined by the 'valuation banding' that is allocated to your property.
The banding is assessed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) which is part of Her Majesty's Revenues & Customs. The banding is not set by the council.
Your Council Tax bill shows which band your property is in.
The current Council Tax bands in England have been in effect since 1993. Homes are allocated a band based on their value at 1 April 1991.
You can find out what Council Tax band you property is in by using the postcode search on GOV.UK.
Find your Council Tax band
Once you know your Council Tax band you can use the table below to find out how much Council Tax will cost for a year.
Council Tax Charges 2017/2018
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*Adult Social Care funding
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. ("Adult social care authorities" are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014).
The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional "precept" on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care.
The adult social care precept is a cumulative figure of the amount charged in 2016/17 and 2017/18. The 3% increase shown on your bill is an increase on the whole Southampton City Council element for the previous year.
The Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this "precept" at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including financial year 2019/20.
See also: Explaining your council tax bill