Council tax

The council tax you pay goes towards a range of services provided by the County Council, Police, District and Parish Councils.

Council tax is collected by your local district council

For specific information about council tax, such as: registering for council tax; billing and paying your council tax; changing address; council tax benefits, discounts and exemptions; and council tax banding, you will need to contact your local council.

Council tax 2017-18

At its meeting on 20 February 2017, Norfolk County Council agreed to increase the council tax for 2017-18 by 4.8%. This includes an increase of 1.8% for general council tax, and 3.0% for the Adult Social Care precept (see below for further details).    

Summary of the council's budget and council tax requirement
Item 2017-18 2016-17
£m £m
Gross expenditure 1,382.9 1,415.4
Income budgets and use of reserves -801.1 -826.8
Revenue Support Grant and Business Rates income -223.0 -249.6
Council’s Net Budget 358.8 339.0
Estimated Surplus on District Council Collection Funds -4.5 -7.9
Council tax requirements (Precept charge on District Councils) -354.3 -331.1
Council tax for average Band D property  £1,247.94 £1,190.79
Of which -
Council tax for Band D (General) £1,189.32 £1,167.89
Council tax for Band D (Adult Social Care Precept) £58.62 £22.90

There is an increase in the precept charge on District Councils, which is due in part to the increase in the tax base (i.e. additional homes). The increase in council tax of 4.8% (including 3% for the Adult Social Care precept) results in a change of £57.15 to the council tax per Band D property. This equates to approximately £1.10 per week for a Band D property.

This table shows the County Council’s share of Council Tax by Band

Council Tax

Council Tax

A £39.08 £792.88 £831.96 £793.86
B £45.59 £925.03 £970.62 £926.17
C £52.11 £1,057.17 £1,109.28 £1,058.48
D £58.62 £1,189.32 £1,247.94 £1,190.79
E £71.65 £1,453.61 £1,525.26 £1,455.41
F £84.68 £1,717.90 £1,802.58 £1,720.03
G £97.70 £1,982.20 £2,079.90 £1,984.65
H £117.24 £2,378.64 £2,495.88 £2,381.58


Levies to Agencies included in the council's budget
Item 2017-18 2016-17
£m £m
Environment Agency 0.813 0.776
Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority 0.536 0.536

Statement concerning adult social care funding

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.