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Council Tax 2014/15

The Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates 2014/15 leaflet is now available to download from the link below. If you require a hard copy of the leaflet please call the Council's Contact Centre on 0845 050 4434.

Download the Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates 2014/15 leaflet

Council Tax Premium

The policy guidelines for an exception to the Council Tax premium were agreed by the full Council 26 March 2013.  A copy of the report and the application form can be downloaded below. The application form should be printed, completed and returned with supporting documentary evidence to the Local Taxation Team, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, LA9 4DQ. 

Council Tax Premium Policy Guidelines for Determining Local Exceptions

Application Form to Apply for an Exception to the Council Tax Premium

12 Instalments

Council Tax payers have the right to pay by 12 monthly instalments instead of the normal 10, thereby reducing the strain on what could be an already tight monthly budget for many households. If you want to pay your council tax over 12 instalments, please email us now at giving your name, address including your postcode and your council tax account number from the front of your bill.

Changes to Discounts and Exemptions

From 1 April 2014, a new Council Tax discount of 50% is being introduced for family annexes, more information can be found on Council Tax Discounts.

The full Council meeting on 18 December 2012, agreed some changes to Council Tax discounts and exemptions from 1 April 2013. For details see Council Tax Discounts or Council Tax Exemptions

Direct Debit

If you want to pay by direct debit you can set  it up online to pay this way in future by logging in to our online services.

Telephone Payments

If you want to make a telephone payment by debit card, you can ring our 24 hour 7 days a week automated telephone service on  0845 050 1734. Please have your debit card and council tax reference number (this is the 8 digit number starting with a 2 on your bill) ready.

Change of Address/Moving House

You can tell us about your change of address by email. For more information please see Change of Address  

Important Notice - external companies offering a council tax banding appeals service

The Council has recently become aware that citizens in the South Lakeland area have been contacted by companies who offer to appeal against the Council Tax banding of their property on behalf of the council tax payer. More information about this can be found on Valuation Bands and/or Council Tax Appeals 

How do I pay my Council Tax?

Council Tax can be paid in a number of ways: direct debit, online, by phone, by cheque or cash.

For more information on each method see Paying your council tax

Having difficulties making a payment?

If you are experiencing financial difficulties and cannot pay please contact Local Taxation Team without delay.

Telephone:  01539 793245
By Post:  Local Taxation Team, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4UD

Citizens Advice Bureau

The Citizens Advice bureau offers independent financial advice to anyone who has problems with their financial affairs.

Visit the Citizens Advice Bureaux website for more information.

I think I might be paying too much?

If you think you may be paying too much Council Tax see the links below for information.


  • Team Local Taxation (Council Tax)
  • Address Revenues and Benefits, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal LA9 4DQ
  • Phone 0845 050 4434
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