Council tax

In Cambridgeshire, the district and city councils collect council tax on behalf of the county council. The district and city councils provide advice and information on the following.

  • What tax band a property is in
  • When the council tax is due
  • How to pay your council tax
  • What benefits you may be entitled to

Council tax leaflets and payment

Please contact your relevant district or city council below to view the council tax leaflets and paying your council tax.

Check which district your property is in

If you are unsure which district your property lies within, please enter your postcode into the My Cambridgeshire map site. You can also see how Band D Council Tax in your area is broken down.

Alternatively, you can use the interactive map below:

If the map does not load, please view it on the My Cambridgeshire website.

How council tax is calculated

The first step in arriving at a charge per property is to calculate a Band D tax base for each of the districts and city council. This is calculated by the district and city councils themselves and is achieved by multiplying the estimated number of properties at the end of the financial year within each band by the 'Band D Ratio' and adding the results together.

The resultant Band D tax base for each district or city council are then amalgamated to produce a total Band D tax base for Cambridgeshire County Council.

District/city council Tax base 2020-21 Tax base 2021-22
Cambridge City Council 44,450.9 43,530.5
East Cambridgeshire District Council 30,190.1 29,930.0
Fenland District Council 29,815.0 30,143.0
Huntingdonshire District Council 62,854.0 63,355.0
South Cambridgeshire District Council 63,617.6 64,372.5
Total county tax base 230,927.6 231,331.0

Next, the council has to calculate how much it needs to raise from council tax. Normally, this will depend on how much the council plans to spend on providing services to the people of Cambridgeshire and how much of this will be supported by central government grants and external income.

Of the total gross spend of £754 million that the council has budgeted to spend in 2021-2022, the council will raise £325 million from council tax (council tax requirement of £324m plus a surplus on the collection fund of £1m). The council tax requirement figure is divided by the council's tax base of 231,331.0 to give a council Band D Council Tax of £1,399.77 for 2021 to 2022. This amounts in a 2.99% rise in the County Council element of Council Tax compared to 2020-2021.

For 2021-2022, the County Council's share of council tax includes a levy of £9,246,016 issued by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) for the delivery of transport services. You can find further information about the service delivered on the CPCA website.

How our council tax compares with other areas

The county's tax levels are slightly lower than the average set by other county councils, both in the region and nationally. In 2020-2021, Cambridgeshire County Council had the 13th highest council tax of all 25 shire counties. 

You can see a comparison against the neighbouring shire counties in the following table:

Council tax comparison against Cambridgeshire neighbouring counties

County Council Band D Council Tax 2019-2020 Band D Council Tax 2020-2021
Norfolk £1,362.24 £1,416.51
Suffolk £1,292.13 £1,343.61
Hertfordshire £1,359.94 £1,414.20
Cambridgeshire £1,312.11 £1,359.18
Essex £1,270.44 £1,321.11
Lincolnshire £1,292.40 £1,337.58
Northamptonshire £1,236.10 £1,285.42
Shire county average £1,335.49 £1,387.48

Business Plan 2020 to 2021

The 2020 to 2021 Business Plan sets out Cambridgeshire County Council's long term vision, priorities for 2020 to 2021 and planned activities across the organisation for the next five years.