Council Tax Information
The council tax you pay helps provide local public services, such as policing and recycling collections. It applies to all domestic properties, both owned and rented, and includes houses, bungalows, flats, maisonettes, mobile homes or houseboats.
Local councils set the annual charge for council tax for each band, based on criteria set by the government. Councils then issue each household with an annual bill.
Ashford Borough Council collects your council tax but we are not the only ones who use it. Your council tax is distributed to Kent County Council, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, the Kent Fire and Rescue Service and to your parish council, if you live in an area with one.
Read council tax in Ashford 2022 leaflet [pdf] 2411KB, which tells you how Ashford Borough Council spends your money and at what level it is setting its council tax.
If you have a query regarding your council tax bill please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How else is my money spent?
You can view information from the other authorities who receive your council tax by clicking on the relevant links below:
Details of the parish precepts can be viewed by downloading the following documents
- Parish Expenditure 2022 [xlsx] 13KB
- Parish Expenditure 2021 [xlsx] 12KB
- Parish Expenditure 2020 [xlsx] 13KB
- Parish Expenditure and Precepts 2019-2020 [xlsx] 16KB
- Parish Expenditure and Precepts 2018-2019 [xlsx] 16KB
- Parish precepts 2017 [pdf] 99KB
- Parish precepts 2017 [xlsx] 17KB
- Parish precepts 2016 [xlsx] 16KB
- Parish precepts 2016 [pdf] 234KB
- Parish expenditure and precepts 2015 [xlsx] 18KB
Your parish clerk's contact details can be found by downloading the parish clerks list [pdf] 93KB.
Not everyone pays the same amount of council tax. Where you live within the borough, the value of your property and your personal circumstances are all factored into our billing. You can view this in either an Excel or PDF format via the links below:
- Council tax charge per band - 2022 [xlsx] 12KB
- Council tax charge per band - 2021 [xlsx] 14KB
- Council tax charge per band - 2020 [xlsx] 14KB
- Council tax charge per band 2019 [pdf] 42KB
- Council tax charge per band 2018 [pdf] 130KB
- Council tax charge per band 2018 [xlsx] 12KB
- Council tax charge per band 2017 [xlsx] 12KB
- Council tax charges 2017 [pdf] 28KB
- Council tax charge per band 2016 [pdf] 18KB
- Council tax charges per band 2016 [xlsx] 13KB
- Council tax bandings 2015 [pdf] 52KB
Paying your council tax
Your council tax bill is normally payable in ten monthly instalments. The first instalment is due on 1 April and the last one is due on 1 January.
If you wish to pay over twelve monthly instalments please email email@example.com.
You must pay your council tax instalments on or before the due dates shown on your bill. We will take recovery action if you don't pay on time. Please remember if you receive any notice from us regarding the non-payment of your council tax do not ignore it. This may lead to further action being taken, which will incur additional costs.
How can I pay my council tax?
There are several ways in which you can pay your council tax bill.
- By direct debit to pay your council tax monthly
(Please note that if you need to let us know of a change of your bank account details, you will need to fill in a new direct debit form)
- Find out further ways in which you can pay
From 21 October 2019 payments via Allpay (post offices and PayPoint) can be made using the bar code printed on your Council Tax and Business Rates bills. The council will no longer be ordering plastic Allpay cards, but payment can still be made at all the same places using the barcode on your bill.
I've received a bill and I have never had to pay before
Due to the abolition of council tax benefit and the introduction of council tax reduction you may have to contribute something towards your council tax bill when previously you may not have had to. Find out more information about council tax reduction.