Orkney Islands Council

Council Tax and Business Rates

Orkney Islands Council is a Unitary Authority in Scotland. It contains approximately 10,740 residential properties subject to Council Tax, and approximately 2,066 commercial properties subject to Business Rates.

The most common Council Tax band in Orkney Islands is B, and the median Council Tax band is C.

The average (mean) Council Tax value in Orkney Islands is £913.57.

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 £691 2,417
Band B £807 2,820
Band C £922 2,300
Band D £1,037 1,697
Band E £1,267 1,200
Band F £1,498 283
Band G £1,728 19
Band H £2,074 4

Business Rate Stats

Number of Rateable Premises 2,066
Number of premises with rateable value greater than £10,000 378
Number of premises with rateable value greater than £100,000 19
Number of premises with rateable value greater than £1,000,000 1
Highest Rateable Value £5,950,000
Average Rateable Value (Mean) £11,922
Median Rateable Value £2,200
Typical Rateable Value (Mode) £1,025

Business Rate Multipliers

Rating Band Values Up To Multiplier
Small £35,000 48.4%
Large all higher values 51.0%

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 Orkney Islands 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 Orkney Islands 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.