Your council tax bill explained (your money)

Information about your council tax bill.


Paying your council tax

You must pay your council tax by the date requested on your bill.

More information about paying 


Discounts and exemptions

There are discounts and exemptions are available which could reduce your council tax bil.

View the discounts and exemptions available


Changes in your circumstances

If there is a change in your circumstances that may alter the amount you have to pay or you have moved house, you must inform us as soon as possible. 

Let us know about a change in your circumstances


Property bands

The amount you pay depends on which of the bands your property has been allocated to according to its value on April 1, 2003. 

View all property bands, values and details of how to appeal a property band

2019/20 and 20/21 tax bands
Tax band2019/202020/21Multiple 
A £884.72 £922.77 6/9
B £1,032.17 £1,076.57 7/9
C £1,179.63 £1,230.36 8/9
D £1,327.08 £1,384.16 9/9
E £1,621.99 £1,691.75 11/9
F £1,916.89 £1,999.34 13/9
G £2,211.80 £2,306.93 15/9
H £2,654.16 £2,768.32 18/9
I £3,096.52 £3,229.71 21/9

2020 - 2021 Schedule of council tax for Denbighshire in Band D


Appeal your council tax bill 

You can appeal to the Valuation Tribunal for Wales if you believe you are not liable to pay council tax because:

  • you do not consider that you are the liable person
  • your property is exempt from payment
  • we have made a mistake in calculating your bill.

If you challenge your banding level or make any other type of appeal against payment you must still pay the current bill until the appeal is settled.

Council Tax Premium

A 50% council tax premium will be charged for properties that have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for 12 months or more and for properties classed as a second home.

The purpose of this premium is to:

  • Bring long-term empty homes back into use to provide safe, secure and affordable homes: and
  • Support local authorities in increasing supply of affordable housing and enhancing the sustainability of local communities.

Request a bill in another format 

Council tax bills are available in braille, large print or on audio CD. If you'd like to receive your bill in another format, please call 01824 706000.


Where the money goes

The council tax you pay is collected to deliver most local services in Denbighshire and is divided between three authorities;

  • Denbighshire County Council 80%
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales 17%
  • City/Town/Community Councils 3%

Facts and figures

For 2020/21 the average council tax bill will be £1,728.90 (based on the average property band D), compared to £1,656.96 for 2019/20, this is an increase of 4.34%.

Council tax increase 
Authority2019/202020/21Increase
Denbighshire County Council £1,327.08 £1,384.16 4.30% 
Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales  £278.10 £290.61 4.50% 
City/Town/Community Councils (Average) £51.78 £54.13 4.54% 

Revenue budget

Our budget for 2020/21 is £208.302m which is £9.764m more than last year’s budget of £198.538m.

This breaks down as:

  • Inflation / Pressures: +£11,889,000
  • Grants now included within or transferred out of the settlement: +£1,794,000
  • Investment in priorities: +£529,000
  • Efficiencies/Savings: -£4,448,000

The budget of £208.302m is £2.412m above the Standard Spending Assessment of £205.89m – the Welsh Government’s estimate of what is needed to provide a ‘standard level of service’.

The Welsh Government has left the final decision on the level of expenditure and council tax to councils to enable them to address the problem of under provision of services and in recognition of the flaws in the method of allocating Assembly funds.

Funding of Denbighshire County Council

The funding of Denbighshire County Council comes from:

  • Welsh Government 47.58%
  • Specific grants 18.36%
  • Council tax 17.44%
  • Other income 16.4%
  • Reserves 0.22%

Balances

The Council started the year with general balances of £7.135m.

The 2020/21 budget has been set using £0.685m of reserves. This is sustainable as a medium term measure but it is not a permanent solution to funding a gap in the budget.

Capital spending

Capital expenditure refers to spending on assets, such as road improvements, which are expected to have a benefit lasting more than one year.

Payments made to external organisations and individuals which have a similar long term benefit, such as the payment of home improvement grants, are also treated as capital expenditure.

In 2020/21 spending of £37.2m is expected to be incurred. Major expenditure will be incurred on the East Rhyl Coastal Defence Scheme and on remodelling the waste service. Major items of expected capital spending can be analysed as follows:

  • School Building Works including Health and Safety: £3.7m
  • Housing Improvement Grants: £1.2m
  • Highways, Fleet, Bridges and Flood Alleviation Works: £3.9m
  • Coastal Defence Schemes: £11.7m
  • Essential maintenance and minor adaptations: £1.8m
  • 21st Century Schools: £3m
  • Waste Service and Depots: £10.8m

Denbighshire County Council budget summary 2020/21

Budget for 2020/21
ServiceGross expenditureIncomeNet expenditure
Schools Delegated Budget £81,706,000 £8,546,000 £73,160,000
Education and Children’s Services £34,979,000 £17,945,000 £17,034,000
Highways, Facilities and Environmental Services £32,131,000 £15,209,000 £16,922,000
Finance and Property  £9,063,000 £4,466,000 £4,597,000
Planning and Public Protection £16,738,000 £7,035,000 £9,703,000
Community Support Services £55,504,000 £17,523,000 £37,981,000
Other Support Services £23,147,000 £11,072,000 £12,075,000
Corporate and Miscellaneous £47,473,000 £29,223,000 £18,250,000
Capital Financing £13,681,000 £0 £13,681,000
Levies £4,899,000 £0 £4,899,000
Total £319,321,000 £111,019,000 £208,302,000
 
Funded by:
  • Welsh Government funding: £151,932,000
  • Council tax payers: £55,685,000
  • Use of reserves: £685,000

Total: £208, 302, 000

Denbighshire County Council budget summary 2019/20

Budget for 2019/20
ServiceGross expenditureIncomeNet expenditure
Schools Delegated Budget £78,393,000 £9,399,000 £68,994,000
Education and Children’s Services £29,834,000 £13,825,000 £16,009,000
Highways, Facilities and Environmental Services £30,966,000 £15,199,000 £15,767,000
Finance and Property  £9,273,000 £4,446,000 £4,827,000
Planning and Public Protection £16,284,000 £7,009,000 £9,275,000
Community Support Services £53,375,000 £17,592,000 £35,783,000
Other Support Services £23,554,000 £11,030,000 £12,524,000
Corporate and Miscellaneous £46,124,000 £29,223,000 £16,901,000
Capital Financing £13,652,000 £0 £13,652,000
Levies £4,806,000 £0 £4,806,000
Total £306,261,000 £107,723,000 £198,538,000
 
Funded by:
  • Welsh Government funding: £143,637,000
  • Council tax payers: £52,901,000
  • Use of reserves: £2,000,000

Total: £198,538,000

Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales

The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales sets their own element of the Council Tax (known as a precept).

For 2020/21 they have decided to increase funding by 5.46%, resulting in a council tax element increase of 4.5%.

This element is beyond the control of the County Council.

Find out more on the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales website (external website)

City, town and community councils

The city, town and community councils have the authority to set their own council tax elements.

Find out how to contact a city, town and community council