East Lothian Council

Council tax

About council tax

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Valuation bands

Each dwelling has been put into one of eight council tax bands according to its open market value at the 1st of April 1991.  

Your property band was set by the Assessor for Lothian Valuation Joint Board. All appeals or objections about banding should be directed to the Assessor at enquiries@lothian-vjb.gov.uk or you can write to:

Assessor for Lothian Valuation Joint Board
17a South Gyle Crescent
EH12 9FL

Alternatively, please call 0131 344 2500.

Further information can be found on the following website http://www.lothian-vjb.gov.uk/

New taxpayers, in particular, should note that any objection must be made to the Assessor within six months of becoming a council tax payer.

You are still required to pay the council tax, as billed, while your objection or appeal is being considered.

Find a property band 

Find out which council tax band a property is in by clicking the link and entering your postcode.  

Council tax charges 2018/19

East Lothian Council agreed at a full Council meeting on Tuesday, 13 February 2018, to increase council tax levels for the financial year 2018/19 by 3%. The Band D level of council tax is £1,185.68 for the year.

Your council tax bill includes charges for your water supply and waste water collection services from Scottish Water. Although the Council collects these charges on behalf of Scottish Water, the Council is not responsible for setting these charges. Scottish Water's charges will increase by 1.6% in 2018/19.  If you would like more information about this, please contact Scottish Water.

A full list of bandings and values for East Lothian is shown in the table below:


Valuation range

East Lothian 3% increase

Council tax

Water charge

Waste water charge

Total charge


Up to £27,000







£27,000 to £35,000







£35,000 to £45,000







£45,000 to £58,000







£58,000 to £80,000







£80,000 to £106,000







£106,000 to £212,000







Over £212,000






What to do if you are struggling to pay 

If you are finding it difficult to pay your council tax or have fallen behind with your payments, get in touch now.  

Our Council Tax Officers can:

  • Discuss payment options with you to make sure you pay your council tax at a time that suits you, whether weekly, fortnightly or monthly
  • Discuss a repayment arrangement with you if you have fallen behind with your payments and are struggling to catch up
  • Let you know whether you may be entitled to a reduction in your council tax if you are on a low income or out of work
  • make sure you have applied for any council tax discount or exemption you may be entitled to
  • Help you to get in touch with other organisations if you have other debts, for example Citizens Advice Bureau
We will do what we can to help you, so please get in touch immediately if you have concerns. 

East Lothian Council, PO Box 13251, Haddington, EH41 3HA

Telephone: 01875 824314

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