What is Council Tax and how is it spent?
The Council Tax you pay is collected to deliver local services such as education, street cleaning and policing.
The amount you pay depends on which of the bands your property has been allocated to according to its value on April 1, 2003.
The Valuation Office (external website) is responsible for banding every property in Wales.
We calculate each valuation band as a proportion of Council Tax compared to a Band D.
Find out more about Council tax property bands.
Council Tax includes three separate charges (otherwise known as ‘precepts’) that make up the total sum charged to each property in Denbighshire.
The money collected is divided between:
- Denbighshire County Council: 80%
- Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales: 17%
- City/Town/Community Councils: 3%
Denbighshire County Council
The County Council takes the largest share of your Council Tax. This money goes towards providing local services for the whole county such as:
- education, schools and youth services
- parks and open spaces
- social care for the elderly, children and other vulnerable members of the community
- planning and building control
- waste collection, street cleaning and other environmental issues
- maintenance of roads and bridges
- traffic management and road safety
- parking services and control
- elections, registrars of births, deaths and marriages
- cemeteries, crematorium and coroners' services
- trading standards and consumer protection
- economic development and regeneration
- community development services
- housing provision, strategy, advice and services for the homeless
- housing benefits and Council Tax administration
The Council has a legal responsibility to provide such services as education, environmental health, social services and town and country planning for the whole of Denbighshire.
North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner
The North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner (external website) is the local governing body for policing. They set their own element ('precept') of the Council Tax.
The 2023/2024 precept for the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales is £100m which equates to £333.09 Council Tax for a band D property.
This element of the Council Tax is beyond the control of the County Council.
Find out more about the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner precept.
City, town and community councils
Denbighshire has 37 City, Town and Community Councils and their role is to represent local communities and provide local services such as:
- public information signs and noticeboards
- public seating
- bus shelters
- war memorials
- community centres
City, Town and Community Councils set their own element (‘precept’) of the council tax. Each financial year, they must calculate their budget requirements and issue the precept to the billing authority (Denbighshire County Council).
The precept is converted into an amount per council tax band that is added onto the council tax bill. The net amount (precept) is paid to town, city or community councils in two six-monthly instalments.
Find out more about the city, town and community council precept.