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Council Tax bands, charges
and Council Tax appeals

Council Tax bands and charges

Your Council Tax bill will indicate which band applies to your property. The total amount due is made up of charges for:

  • West Sussex County Council
  • Adur District Council or Worthing Borough Council
  • The Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC)
  • In Lancing and Sompting - a parish precept

The Council Tax bands and charges are displayed below. To find out which band your property (or the one you are considering moving to) is currently set at, you can use the Check your Council Tax band tool on the GOV.UK website.

Please refer to the correct table below for the area that you live in:

Adur Council Tax Charges - Lancing
Valuation band1991 value of property2017/18 charge2018/19 charge
Band A £40,000 or less £1,150.09 £1,208.55
Band B £40,001 to £52,000 £1,341.77 £1,409.97
Band C £52,001 to £68,000 £1,533.45 £1,611.40
Band D £68,001 to £88,000 £1,725.13 £1,812.82
Band E £88,001 to £120,000 £2,108.49 £2,215.67
Band F £120,001 to £160,000 £2,491.85 £2,618.52
Band G £160,001 to £320,000 £2,875.22 £3,021.37
Band H More than £320,000 £3,450.26 £3,625.64

Note: The charges in Lancing include an element called a 'precept' that's collected on behalf of Lancing Parish Council, and the Parish Council maintains recreation grounds and community buildings from the money collected for the precept.

See the Lancing Parish Council website.

Adur Council Tax Charges - Sompting
Valuation band1991 value of property2017/18 charge2018/19 charge
Band A £40,000 or less £1,151.59 £1,206.69
Band B £40,001 to £52,000 £1,343.52 £1,407.80
Band C £52,001 to £68,000 £1,535.45 £1,608.92
Band D £68,001 to £88,000 £1,727.38 £1,810.03
Band E £88,001 to £120,000 £2,111.24 £2,212.26
Band F £120,001 to £160,000 £2,495.10 £2,614.49
Band G £160,001 to £320,000 £2,878.97 £3,016.72
Band H More than £320,000 £3,454.76 £3,620.06

Note: The charges in Sompting include an element called a 'precept' that's collected on behalf of Sompting Parish Council together with an element called 'Special Expenses'. The 'Special Expenses' relate to the maintenance of recreation grounds and community buildings. It's shown a separate element of the Council Tax charge because (unlike in Lancing) Adur District Council maintains recreation grounds and community buildings so the cost of doing this is not part of the Sompting Parish Council precept.

See the Sompting Parish Council website.

Adur Council Tax Charges - Shoreham-by-Sea, Southwick and Coombes
Valuation band1991 value of property2017/18 charge2018/19 charge
Band A £40,000 or less £1,131.49 £1,186.59
Band B £40,001 to £52,000 £1,320.07 £1,384.35
Band C £52,001 to £68,000 £1,508.65 £1,582.12
Band D £68,001 to £88,000 £1,697.23 £1,779.88
Band E £88,001 to £120,000 £2,074.39 £2,175.41
Band F £120,001 to £160,000 £2,451.55 £2,570.94
Band G £160,001 to £320,000 £2,828.72 £2,966.47
Band H More than £320,000 £3,394.46 £3,559.76

Note: The charges in Shoreham-by-Sea, Southwick and Coombes include an element called 'Special Expenses'. The 'Special Expenses' relate to the maintenance of recreation grounds and community buildings that is undertaken by Adur District Council.

Worthing Council Tax Charges
Valuation band1991 value of property2017/18 charge2018/19 charge
Band A £40,000 or less £1,089.43 £1,143.33
Band B £40,001 to £52,000 £1,271.00 £1,333.88
Band C £52,001 to £68,000 £1,452.57 £1,524.44
Band D £68,001 to £88,000 £1,634.14 £1,714.99
Band E £88,001 to £120,000 £1,997.28 £2,096.10
Band F £120,001 to £160,000 £2,360.42 £2,477.21
Band G £160,001 to £320,000 £2,723.57 £2,858.32
Band H More than £320,000 £3,268.28 £3,429.98

If you wish to appeal against your banding please refer to the appeals section (below).

If you don't already do so, please pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit as this will reduce the cost of collection and contribute toward keeping the level of Council Tax to a minimum.

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Adur and Worthing Council Tax Expenditure Information

Every year we are required by central Government to provide information about how Council Tax helps to pay for the services provided by Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council.

Up until 2012/13 a guide was sent with each bill, but with effect from 1st April 2013 the law was changed enabling this information to be provided online, and the details for the period 1st April 2018 to 31 March 2019 are available in the files below:

If you would like to be sent a printed copy please contact a Customer Services Advisor on telephone number 01903 221061.

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West Sussex County Council Expenditure Information

Information about the way in which West Sussex County Council (WSCC) spends money raised from Council Tax is detailed in the leaflet below:

Or for more information see the:

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The policing element of your Council Tax

The policing element of your Council Tax is set by the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC). Information about the way in which the PCC spends money raised from Council Tax is detailed in the leaflet below:

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the policing element of the Council Tax charge for 2018/19 and how the money is spent are available on the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) website:

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Council Tax appeals

Property Valuation Service Companies:
You may have heard about, or been approached by, Property Valuation Service Companies who offer to help you with property banding appeal.
There is no need to use one of these companies. Most people have no problem making an appeal as it is relatively straightforward. These companies will typically take a quarter of your refund or more, and may also try to charge an upfront fee.
You can appeal your property banding yourself for free using the link below.

Making an appeal does not confer any rights to withhold payment. However, if your appeal is successful you will be entitled to a refund of any overpaid Council Tax. We have produced a guide about your right of appeal:

Appeals against the banding

The grounds for appeal about the banding of your property are restricted to the following situations:

  • where you became the taxpayer in respect of a dwelling for the first time (your appeal must be made to the Listing Officer within six months, but if the same appeal has already been considered and determined by a Valuation Tribunal, it cannot be made again)
  • where you believe that the banding should be changed because there has been a material increase or material reduction in a dwelling's value
  • where you start or stop using part of your dwelling to carry out a business, or the balance between domestic and business use changes
  • where the Listing Officer has altered a list without a proposal having been made by a taxpayer

The Listing Officer is an independent Officer of the Crown. Contact the Valuation Officer Agency at the relevant office below:

Appeals against Council Tax decisions

There are also appeal rights if you consider that you are not liable to pay Council Tax. Examples include:

  • you are not the resident or owner
  • the property is exempt
  • you believe the Council has made a mistake in calculating your bill

If you wish to make an appeal on these grounds you must first notify the Council Tax section, in writing, so that we have the opportunity to reconsider the case.

What happens if you turn down my appeal?

After you have made an appeal to us and you still think that your Council Tax bill is wrong, you can appeal to the Valuation Tribunal within two months of receiving our revised decision. The address you should use is:

  • Valuation Tribunal for England,
    Second Floor,
    120 Leman Street,
    London,
    E1 8EU

If you do not receive a reply from the Council, you may appeal to the Valuation Tribunal within four months of your written appeal to the Council.

Appeals about Discretionary Decisions

There is no automatic right of appeal against a discretionary decision of the Council (for example, the reduction in discounts on second homes). You may only appeal against a discretionary decision by way of Judicial Review and even then only about the way the decision was made, and not the result.

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