Council tax 2023-24
Page last updated 8 March 2023.
Council tax charges for the new financial year, starting 1 April 2023 have now been agreed.
You can view the new charges by visiting My Council Tax.
Council tax is collected by Chichester District Council on behalf of the precepting authorities as below (percentage shown indicates the share of council tax collected for each authority).
- West Sussex County Council (77%)
- Sussex Police Crime Commissioner (11%)
- Chichester District Council (8%)
- Local parish council (4%)
View The Referendums Relating to Council Tax Increases 2023-24 for the amounts each individual authority can increase their share of the charge. The increases permitted without the need for a referendum are:
- West Sussex County Council - 5% (providing 2% is for expenditure on adult social care and 3% is for general expenditure)
- Sussex Police Crime Commissioner - £15
- Chichester District Council - 3%
- Local parish council - There is no limit, however, if a parish requests a precept more than £140,000 then their specific spending must be published
Each authority sets their council tax at different times. The relevant dates are:
- West Sussex County Council - Agreed 17 February 2023
- Sussex Police Crime Commissioner - Agreed 27 January 2023
- Chichester District Council - 7 March 2023
- Local parish council - Agreed locally by each parish council
Council tax bill explained
New years guide will be published when all charges have been agreed.
You can set up a direct debit to pay your council tax account by visiting the My council tax page. If you already pay your council tax by direct debit then then your payments will continue to be collected by this method.
If you have registered for paperless billing your bills will show on your online account on the day they are produced. You will receive an email alert when your new council tax bill is ready to view.
To view your council tax bill, you must create an online council tax account. To access your account, or create a new online account please visit My council tax.
Advantages of creating an online account
By visiting the My council tax page and signing up you can view/apply for the following:
- pay by direct debit
- view your up to date account information
- check your balance, payments and bills
- sign up to paperless billing
- apply for certain reductions
- tell us about a move
Council tax reduction
Any entitlement to council tax reduction is shown on your council tax bill. When your bill is dispatched your entitlement will be shown under your charge.
If you do not currently receive council tax reduction you can use our online calculator to calculate whether you may be entitled to any help.
If you wish to apply for council tax reduction please visit My benefits.
What council tax pays for
Only 9% of your council tax collected is for the services provided by Chichester District Council. Council tax is also collected to pay for services provided by West Sussex County Council, Sussex Police & your local parish council. A specific amount is also collected on behalf of West Sussex County Council which goes towards adult social care. This amount is listed separately on your bill.
Council tax is collected to pay for all services provided. You do not pay specifically for services that you do or do not receive. More information on specific services spending can be found on the relevant authorities information guide.