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What Council Tax is used for

We collect Council Tax on behalf of government organisations in the area. These include:

Elected councillors agree a budget each year that shows how much money we will need for the services we will be providing, and where the money will come from. View information on the 2024 budget.

We receive only 10% of the total Council Tax we collect from each household (based on a band D property). The rest is distributed to Lancashire County Council, police, fire, and local parish councils.

View more information on Council Tax charges 2024 to 2025.

You can view our  Council Tax bill explained (PDF) [624KB] leaflet for further information.

View information about Council Tax discounts and exemptions.

Council Tax breakdown

Council Tax breakdown based on a band D property 2024/2025 (excluding parish precepts)

Chorley Council 9%   £209.72
Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire 12%   £263.40
Lancashire County Council 75%£1,653.29
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority  4%     £84.73


The Chorley Council element of Council Tax pays for many services, including:

  • building control
  • environmental and regulatory services
  • health and recreation services
  • housing and community services
  • planning and development services
  • bin collection and recycling
  • street cleansing
  • democratic services
  • revenues and benefits service.

 Keeping our council tax rates one of the lowest in the region.

View information about house building in the borough

If you receive Council Tax Support and you have a bill showing a balance of £0.00 this means you have nothing to pay for this year unless your circumstances change.  The amount of Council Tax Support you receive is based on your income.

If you already had a direct debit set up on your account last year you don't need to do anything the payments will be taken automatically under the existing direct debit. The dates payments will be taken are shown on your bill.

Lancashire County Council's services include:

  • education
  • adult social care
  • social services
  • libraries
  • recreation
  • tourism.


Parish council charges

Each parish sets its own precept. This is the amount of money it would like to raise from its taxpayers to allow it to carry out local projects and maintain assets that it owns in the parish. If you would like to find out more about what your local parish uses its funds for you should contact your local parish council. View more information on parish councils


Special expenses 

People living in some parishes pay special expenses to Chorley Council for grass cutting and maintenance of open spaces. The amount you pay depends on the cost to maintain the area in your parish. 


Council Tax budget summary 2024/2025

On average, for a band D property, the total payable amount in comparison to last year has increased by 4.71%

Chorley Council's element of the Council Tax bill in 2024 to 2025 has increased by 2.99% (due to roundings this amount is shown as 3% on you bill)  View more information on council spending and budget.

View details about member allowances.

Lancashire County Council's (LCC) general part of the bill has increased by 2%

Lancashire County Council adult social care precept has increased by 2.99%. (due to roundings this amount is shown as 3% on your bill) 

View more information about Lancashire County Council's budget.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire's part of the bill has increased by 4.75%. 

View more information about the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire budget.

Lancashire Combined Fire Authority's part of the bill has increased by 2.99%. 

View more information about Lancashire Combined Fire Authorities budget.

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