Create and Manage Azure Budgets


Creating Budgets In Cost Management

Budgets are a powerful tool in Cost Management to proactively manage costs, you can configure alerts based on your actual cost or forecasted cost to ensure that your spend is within your organisational spend limit.

Configuring a Budget

To create, modify, or delete budgets you will require at least Cost Management contributor permissions over the azure subscription. 

  1. Go to budgets.
  2. Use the Scope pill to switch to the required scope, such as a subscription or management group then select add.


In the Create budget window, make sure that the scope shown is correct. Choose any filters that you want to add. Filters allow you to create budgets on specific costs, such as resource groups

  1. Create a budget name and select a reset period of Monthly, Quarterly, or Annually.
  2. Next, identify the expiration date when the budget becomes invalid and stops evaluating your costs.

Based on the fields chosen in the budget so far, a graph is shown to help you select a threshold to use for your budget.

  1. Budgets require at least one cost threshold (% of budget) and a corresponding email address. You can optionally include up to five thresholds and five email addresses in a single budget.


After you create a budget, it's shown in cost analysis. you can learn more about analyzing your cost and spending trends with the following article on cost analysis.

Trigger an action group

When you create or edit a budget for a subscription or resource group scope, you can configure it to call an action group. The action group can perform various actions such as stop VM's, start Azure Runbooks and much more. For more information about creating action groups, see Configure basic action group settings.

To learn more, the Microsoft video below provides step by step instructions to configure budgets and details additional capabilities including automation triggered by thresholds.