Council Tax

What is it?

Council tax is a tax on domestic dwellings by local authorities (councils) throughout Britain and is based on the estimated value of your dwelling and the number of people living in it.

Your council tax bill includes water and waste water charges which we collect on behalf of Scottish Water.

Council tax is used to part fund services provided by the council.

Some people are exempt from paying council tax or may be entitled to a discount.

How do I pay?

To make a payment you will need to know your reference number. It will be a number that starts with an 8, this can be found on a bill or letter from us about council tax.  You can also find details about payment instalments on your bill, or alternatively log in to our Self Service Portal for more information.

You can make a one off payment online.

You can choose to make Direct Debit payments on either the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd or 28th of each month, or every two or every four weeks.

You can make a payment through BACS by quoting our bank details:
Bank Sort Code: 83-44-00 
Bank Account Number: 00223187
Please ensure that you also quote your Council Tax reference number.

To pay your bill by debit or credit card, using our automated payment line (available 24 hours, 7 days a week including public holidays) phone us on 0141 287 0300.

Who should pay?

If the property is occupied, council tax is normally paid by the people who are living in the house, whether it is privately owned or rented.

If the property is unoccupied the owner is usually the person liable to pay the bill, which may be charged at less than the full council tax rate.

For more information about who is responsible for paying council tax visit the Scottish Government website.

What do I need to pay?

Council tax valuation bands are used to determine how much tax you pay.

Your home will be given a council tax valuation band between A and H, based on your property's value at 1 April 1991.

Newer properties are given a band when they are built and are based on an estimate of their value had they existed on 1 April 1991.

The current value of your home may not be a good guide to the appropriate band.

The council tax valuation bands and charges for 2016/2017 are:

Council Tax Band  

Council Tax Valuation

Council Tax   

Water Charge

Waste Water
(Sewerage charge)



up to £27000






over £27000 and up to £35000






over £35000 and up to £45000






over £45000 and up to £58000






over £58000 and up to £80000






over £80000 and up to £106000






over £106000 and up to £212000






over £212000





Properties are placed in a valuation band by the Glasgow City Assessor.

Your band is shown on your bill or you can check online by visiting the Scottish Assessors Association website.

If you disagree with the council tax banding of your dwelling, you can make an appeal via the Scottish Assessors Association website for the valuation list to be altered to what you think should be the correct banding. Appeals against banding can only be made in certain circumstances. You must apply for this with 6 months of buying or moving into your property. If the assessor alters the valuation roll by changing the value, you must make your appeal within 6 months of the date of the valuation notice.

To lodge and appeal, search for you postcode, then select 'make a proposal'.

How do I reduce my bill?

There are five ways to reduce your bill:

  • Council tax reduction
  • An exemption can be applied for a limited time if the property or the occupiers meet certain categories.
  • A discount may be applied for a limited time if the property or the occupiers meet certain categories.
  • A disabled person's reduction may be applied if you property is larger to suit the needs of a disabled person.
  • You can appeal the decision against the valuation band allocated to your home via the Scottish Assessors Association website .

You need to apply for a reduction or exemption/discount, disabled persons reduction or to appeal your valuation band.

We do not bill you for any charges during an exempt period. We will continue to bill you for some of the charges if a discount applies.

Payment must not be withheld pending the outcome of an application.

For more information visit our council tax exemptions and discounts page.

How do I appeal against decisions?

You can make an appeal against a decision that has been made, for example:

  • who is responsible for payment;
  • an exemption or discount.

You must continue to pay your council tax until we have made a decision on your appeal.

All appeals must be made in writing to:

Glasgow City Council
Council Tax Office
PO Box 36
G1 1JE

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your appeal, you have the right contact the Glasgow Valuation Appeal Panel. You can contact them using the address below:

Secretary to the Local Valuation Panel
1B Helena House
Busby Road
G76 7RA

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