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Council Tax charges

What is Council Tax?

Council Tax is a tax used in England to partly fund the services provided by local councils. Most domestic properties are subject to Council Tax.

One bill is issued per property, whether it's a house, bungalow, flat or maisonette, and whether it's owned or rented.

What is my Council Tax spent on?

The money raised through Council Tax helps the council to deliver services to the people of Middlesbrough every day.

Just a few services we provide include: keeping roads safe; supporting residents with health, social and family issues; ensuring waste and recycling is collected; removing graffiti; introducing children to reading through libraries; running elections and referendums which give residents a voice on local and national issues; investing in our town's buildings and people, and providing high quality schools.

Money from Council Tax is also given to the fire brigade and police to keep our communities safe.

Charges set out on this page include those made for services provided by Middlesbrough Council, Cleveland Fire Authority, and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, but exclude parish precepts for Nunthorpe, and Stainton and Thornton.

Find out more about what your Council Tax pays for.

Find out more

You can view documents from the fire brigade and Cleveland Police which explain in more detail what the money is used for:

How much is my Council Tax?

Council Tax band Range of values Council Tax charge (2019/2020)
A Up to and including £40,000 £1,314.94
B £40,001 - £52,000 £1,534.09
C £52,001 - £68,000 £1,753.25
D £68,001 - £88,000 £1,972.41
E £88,001 - £120,000 £2,410.73
F £120,001 - £160,000 £2,849.03
G £160,001 - £320,000 £3,287.35
H More than £320,000


  • Properties which are unoccupied and unfurnished for 2 years or more are charged one and a half times the standard Council Tax charge (150%)

  • All second homes are charged the full rate of Council Tax

  • Properties undergoing structural alterations aren't eligible for discounts or exemptions

How is my Council Tax worked out?

Each dwelling (such as a house, flat or bungalow) is placed in a Council Tax band according to its value. Valuations are carried out by the Valuation Office, not the council.

Valuation was last carried out in 1991, so Council Tax bands are based on what the property was or would have been worth in 1991. Properties and their bands are listed in valuation lists which are publicly available for anybody to look at.

Find out which Council Tax band your home falls in by choosing 'property enquiry' in your Council Tax account.

If you disagree with your Council Tax banding, you may be able to make an appeal. Read more about Council Tax banding appeals on the GOV.UK website. Please note, if you appeal against your band, you must still pay your bill while you're waiting for the appeal to be dealt with.

Adult social care increase

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its Council Tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this “precept” at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.

Middlesbrough Council - where the money comes from

Last year 2018/19   This year 2019/20
Total £m   Total £m
16.5 Revenue Support Grant 12.0
26.0 Top up payment 26.9
17.4 Retained Business Rates 17.5
-0.5 Collection Fund surplus/ deficit (-) 0.4
51.9 Required from Council Tax payers 55.3
111.3 Budget requirement (including parishes) 111.9

Spending plans for 2019/2020

Last year (2018/2019)   This year (2019/2020)
Gross exp.
Grant income
Other income
Net exp.
Service Gross exp.
Grant income
Other income
Net exp.
15.0 (3.9) (4.7) 6.5

Culture, Communities & Communications

14.4 (4.1) (4.7) 5.5
13.7 (2.5) (7.5) 3.7 Regeneration 12.7 (2.0) (7.1) 3.6
45.4 (0.0) (27.9) 17.4 Environment & Commercial Services 43.7 (0.0) (27.2) 16.5
90.9 (70.9) (11.5) 8.5 Finance, Governance & Support 78.1 (60.1) (10.7) 7.3
76.1 (12.7) (28.3) 35.1 Adult Social Care & Health Integration 81.1 (14.6) (30.4) 36.0
19.6 (16.8) (2.6) 0.2 Public Health & Public Protection 18.0 (16.3) (2.4) (0.8)
31.5 (0.3) (0.4) 30.8 Children's Care 32.9 (0.4) (1.6) 30.8
77.6 (73.9) (3.2) 0.5 Education 55.6 (52.5) (2.6) 0.5
6.4 (1.7) (1.9) 2.7 Prevention & Partnerships 6.8 (1.8) (2.1) 2.8
376.1 (182.6) (88.0) 105.4   343.3 (152.0) (89.0) 102.3
      8.0 Capital financing less interest       9.5
      2.7 Other central items (net)       1.8
      (4.9) Contribution from (-) reserves       (1.7)
376.1 (182.6) (88.0) 111.3 Budget 343.3 (152.0) (89.0) 111.9
      0.0 Parish precepts       0.0
      111.3 Budget requirement       111.9

How do I pay my Council Tax?

If you'd like to pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, you can set this up online. A help guide is available which shows you how to set up a Direct Debit.

Middlesbrough Council has a flexible approach to Direct Debits and offers a range of payment dates to suit individual circumstances.

You can also pay online or by phone, 24 hours a day.

Read more about payment options.