Watford Borough Council

Council Tax and Business Rates

Watford Borough Council is a Shire District Council in England. It contains approximately 39,486 residential properties subject to Council Tax, and approximately 2,677 commercial properties subject to Business Rates.

The most common Council Tax band in Watford is C, and the median Council Tax band is D.

The average (mean) Council Tax value in Watford is £1,555.77.

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 £1,026 462
Band B £1,197 4,197
Band C £1,368 14,419
Band D £1,539 12,629
Band E £1,881 3,621
Band F £2,223 2,175
Band G £2,565 1,906
Band H £3,078 77

Business Rate Stats

Number of Rateable Premises 2,677
Number of premises with rateable value greater than £10,000 1,410
Number of premises with rateable value greater than £100,000 274
Number of premises with rateable value greater than £1,000,000 12
Highest Rateable Value £3,810,000
Average Rateable Value (Mean) £50,293
Median Rateable Value £11,250
Typical Rateable Value (Mode) £335

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 Watford Borough 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 Watford Borough 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.