Council tax


Council tax

  1. How your council tax is spent

    Your council tax bill helps to pay for all the services delivered by Copeland Borough Council, Cumbria County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria and the parish councils. We receive just 11.9% of your council tax. The biggest proportion, 74.9% goes to Cumbria County Council. This leaflet explains how your council tax is spent by each organisation. 

  2. Council tax

    Council tax helps to pay for the cost of local services such as bin collections and recycling services, environmental health and planning. If you’re 18 or over and own or rent a home, you’ll usually have to pay council tax

  3. Discretionary rate relief

    This is the form you need to complete and return if you would like to apply for discretionary rate relief on non domestic rates.

  4. Council tax discounts

    Council tax is worked out on the basis of two adults living at the address. If there is only one adult at the address for the purposes of council tax then you may receive a 25% discount on your bill.

  5. Derelict or rundown properties

    If you have an empty property or one that is in a poor state -perhaps you have been left one by a deceased relative- you should contact the Council Tax Section as soon as possible. We will arrange an inspection and then be able to advise you whether any discount is available, or whether you should contact the Valuation Office. The Valuation Office has prepared the attached leaflet that explains more about how council tax works in this situation.

  6. How to pay your council tax

    For our new online council tax services, please click here

    There are many different ways to pay your council tax - online by direct debit, online (If you have been invoiced), by telephone or in person at your local pay point or post office, via a payment card or by using the bar code on your bill.

  7. What if my rateable value is wrong?

    If you think either your rateable value or rating list entry is incorrect, you can make an appeal asking for it to be changed.

  8. Attachment of Earnings Orders - a guide

    Council Tax Attachment of Earnings Orders – A Guide for Employers

  9. Council tax charges for empty properties

    There are a number of changes to council tax that came into force on 1 April 2013. Here we explain what has changed and answer some of your questions.

  10. Council Tax Direct Debit Form

    If you want to pay your council tax by direct debit but do not want to do this online you can complete and return this form.

  11. Council Tax 2016/2017

    Council Tax Information for 2016/17

  12. Council Tax Online Services

    Here you can find all the links you need to sign-up and manage for council tax online

  13. Non domestic rates direct debit form

    Use this form if you would like to set up a direct debit to pay your business rates (non domestic rates)

  14. Council Tax Band Charges 2015/2016

    Council Tax Band Charges 2015/2016

  15. Council tax discount form

    Use this form if you would like to apply for a discount on your council tax. For more information about the various discounts available go to our information page.

  16. Council Tax Band Charges 2016/2017

    Council Tax Band Charges 2016/2017

  17. Disabled person Council tax discount

    If you have a disabled person living with you and they have special requirements within the home such as needing to use a wheelchair or your home requires other modifications, then you may qualify for a discount on your council tax bill. Use this form to make an application for such a discount.

  18. I have been left a property, what should I do?
  19. Council tax discount due to mental illness

    If someone has an enduring mental illness they are not required to pay council tax. Please use this form to claim a discount or exemption on their behalf.

  20. I am on holiday can I still pay my council tax?
  21. Landlord change of circumstances form

    If you are a landlord please use this form to inform us of any changes in circumstances affecting tenants in your properties.

  22. What is council tax band B?
  23. Inform council that business is vacated

    If you have left or sold a property please complete this form and return to the Copeland Centre.


  24. Under lease

    If you are a tenant of a building you may lease part of the building to someone else - this would be an under lease.

  25. Tenant leaving a business property

    If you are a landlord and you have a tenant that leaves a business property, please use this form to notify the council tax department.


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