Council Tax

The money collected through Council Tax helps pay for a proportion of Devon County Council services for more than 795,100 people in the Devon county area.

For 2020/21, for an average band D property, the Council Tax charge from DCC will be £1,439.46 (£1,384.29 in 2019/20). This is an increase of 3.99% or £55.17.

In 2020/21 government funding (core funding) for the County Council will increase by 1.63% or £1.654 million – a welcome change from the average annual reductions of 11% since austerity began in 2010.

Council Tax is collected by your district council and distributed across a number of local public authorities:

  • We use Council Tax to provide education, roads, care for older people and people with disabilities, child protection, youth services, libraries and recycling centres and waste disposal
  • Your district council uses Council Tax to provide refuse collection, kerbside recycling, housing, planning, street cleaning and leisure
  • Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner uses council tax to provide law and order and crime reduction
  • Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority uses Council Tax to provide fire prevention and fire and rescue services
  • Your local town and parish councils use council tax to provide local amenities

Your Council Tax band is decided by the listing officer from the Valuation Office and is based on the open market value of a property on 1 April 1991. All properties are placed into one of eight bands and the band for your home will be shown on your bill. In some cases, a Council Tax bill is decided on the number of adults living in the household.

Devon County Council charge for each band

Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
£959.64 £1,119.58 £1,279.52 £1,439.46 £1,759.34 £2,079.22 £2,399.10 £2,878.92

The total amount you will pay includes taxes payable to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, your local district council and in some cases your local parish or town council.

How the adult social care precept is shown on the council tax bill

Council Tax bills for 2020/21 are showing a 2% increase next to the adult social care component. This increase is calculated as 2% of the overall Devon County Council charge in 2019/20. The increases in council tax attributable to adult social care for periods 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 are added together to show the total amount of your council tax bill that relates to the adult social care component in 2020/21.

More information and an explanation of how the adult social care component is calculated can be found here.

For general queries relating to the composition of the County Council’s part of the council tax bill, you can email us at or complete the online council tax enquiry form.

How your Council  Tax is spent

We plan to spend £1,389.975 million (gross) this year (£1,294.206 million in 2019/20) on providing services to more than 795,100 people in Devon. £966.880 million (£892.543 million 2019/20) of this comes from income we receive from government grants, business rates, fees and charges and distribution of previous year’s surplus of Council Tax which leaves a council tax requirement for 2020/21 of £423.095 million (£401.663 million 2019/20).

More information about our spending plans for 2020/21 can be found at Budgets.

Statement concerning adult social care funding required by statute

The following wording is required by The Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020…

The Secretary of State 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 was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.