Durham County Council

Council Tax and Business Rates

Durham County Council is a Unitary Authority in England. It contains approximately 248,396 residential properties subject to Council Tax, and approximately 26,491 commercial properties subject to Business Rates.

The most common Council Tax band in Durham is A, and the median Council Tax band is A.

The average (mean) Council Tax value in Durham is £1,680.41.

See these figures compared to other councils on our Council Tax Comparison page.

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Council Tax Bands

Band Amount Properties
Band A £1,426 144,516
Band B £1,663 34,078
Band C £1,901 30,926
Band D £2,138 21,630
Band E £2,614 10,582
Band F £3,089 4,161
Band G £3,564 2,243
Band H £4,277 260

Business Rate Stats

Number of Rateable Premises 26,491
Number of premises with rateable value greater than £10,000 7,729
Number of premises with rateable value greater than £100,000 847
Number of premises with rateable value greater than £1,000,000 31
Highest Rateable Value £3,150,000
Average Rateable Value (Mean) £18,901
Median Rateable Value £5,000
Typical Rateable Value (Mode) £480

Business Rate Multipliers

Rating Band Values Up To Multiplier
Small £18,000 48.4%
Large all higher values 49.7%

Statistical information (eg, number of properties per council tax band, average business rates) are a snapshot from the time when this data was last updated. New constuction, demolition, change of use and revaluing means that the number of properties continuously changes, and this takes time to feed through to the published data.

Although Durham County Council sends out the bills and collects the money, it is not responsible for the entire amount that you owe.

Council tax is levied by a variety of different bodies, including Fire authorities and Police authorities as well as the local councils. Not all of these will apply to every location, but there will usually be more than one authority which levies council tax.

Business rates are set centrally by national government, according to a formula based on the nominal rental value of a property. Local authorities have some discretion to allow Business Rate Relief under certain circumstances, but they cannot vary the basic level at which Business Rates are charged.

Postcodes in Durham County Council

Active geographic postcodes only. Non-geographic and "large user" codes are not listed here, as they do not have taxable addresses. For details of all postcodes in an area, see Check My Postcode.