Creating cost categories - AWS Billing and Cost Management

Creating cost categories

You can create cost categories to organize your cost and usage information. Regular accounts and the management account in AWS Organizations have default access to create cost categories. Rules are not mutually exclusive, and you can control the order in which the rules apply. Allow up to 24 hours after creating a cost category for your usage records to be updated with values.

Use the following procedure to create a new cost category.

To create a cost category

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Billing and Cost Management console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose AWS Cost Categories.

  3. At the top of the page, choose Create Cost category.

  4. Under Cost category details, enter the name of your cost category. Your cost category name must be unique within your account.

  5. Choose Next.

  6. Choose Define category values.

    Use either the Rule Builder or JSON editor to define your cost categories.

    For more information about the JSON request syntax, see the AWS Billing and Cost Management API Reference.

  7. For Value, enter the name of the cost category value.

  8. Choose a Rule Type, either Regular or Inherited value.

  9. Choose a billing Dimension from the dropdown list. For a regular rule type, you can choose Accounts, Service, Charge Type (for example, recurring reservation fee), Tag key, or Cost Category (to create hierarchical relationships among your cost categories). For an inherited value rule type, you can choose Account or Tag key (Cost Allocation tag key).

  10. For a regular rule type, choose Operator from the dropdown list. Your options are Is, Contains, Starts with, and Ends with.


    Contains, Starts with, and Ends with are only supported with Accounts and Tag dimensions. If you use these operators with Accounts, the engine evaluates against account name, and not account ID.

    Choose a filtered value for your Dimension in the attribute selector.

  11. For an inherited value rule type, choose Account or Tag for Dimension. If Tag is the Dimension, choose the Tag key to inherit the cost category value from.


    The Account dimension uses account names, not account IDs for the inherited cost category value.

  12. (Optional) Add a default value, which will categorize all unmatched costs to this value.

  13. (Optional) To rearrange the rule order, use the arrows or change the number on the top right of each rule.

  14. (Optional) To delete a rule, select Remove on the top right of each rule.