Council Tax

Everyone who pays Council Tax is contributing to the services we enjoy in South Lakeland. However, the majority of the money collected goes towards services provided by Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Police.

Council Tax and national non-domestic rates booklet 2016 to 2017 (PDF/742KB/21pages) provides some practical information about Council Tax and how it is calculated. 

Council Tax discount for flooded properties

Domestic properties flooded by the incidents Desmond and Eva in Cumbria can apply for Council Tax flood relief.

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 in Valuation bands and  Council Tax appeals.

Be extra vigilant

There are some occasions when Council Officers may make visits to properties.  However, these are usually confirmed by an appointment.  If you are visited by a Council Officer please request photo identification and if you are at all in doubt, contact us for verification.

If you receive a phone call and you suspect the person you are talking to is not genuine, do not give out any personal details and contact us for verification.

Signs to look out for or be wary of:

  • if action has to be taken immediately
  • you are asked to provide your bank account details
  • you are asked to make a purchase to win a prize
  • you need to contact a premium rate number
  • you receive an unsolicited call
  • the business contacting you is reluctant to give their address or contact details

Having difficulties making a payment?

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

Contact us

  • Team Local Taxation (Council Tax)
  • Address Revenues and Benefits, South Lakeland House, Lowther Street, Kendal LA9 4DQ
  • Phone 01539 733 333