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Exemptions for Council Tax

If an exemption is granted, this will be shown on your bill. 

Class

Time Limits

Explanation

How to apply

A

12 Months

Dwellings which have been undergoing major works or structural alteration. In either case must be unoccupied and unfurnished. This exemption will be 50% for 12 months.

Please contact us.

B

6 Months

Unoccupied. Dwelling is owned by a charity.

Please contact us.

C

1 Month

Unoccupied and unfurnished. Please note a previous occupier may have claimed part of this exemption. From 1 April 2014 the discount changed to 100% for the first calendar month only and from the second calendar month the full 100% liability will be charged.

Landlords – Please note that the C1 discount (100%) applies from the date the property becomes unoccupied and substantially unfurnished which can often be prior to the tenancy end date. As a result, your tenant may be entitled to part or all of this 1 month discount period.

Please contact us.

D

None

Unoccupied. Liable person being detained elsewhere (but not in prison for a non payment of a fine or council tax)

Please contact us.

E

None

Unoccupied. Liable person now resident in a hospital, nursing home or care home.

Please contact us.

F

6 months from date of Probate

Unoccupied. The dwelling is part of the estate of the deceased person, or the deceased person had a statutory tenancy or a licence to occupy.

Please contact us.

G

None

Unoccupied. Occupation prohibited by law (see below).

Apply for exemption G

H

None

Unoccupied. Awaiting occupation by a minister of religion.

Please contact us.

I

None

Unoccupied. Liable person receiving care elsewhere.

Please contact us.

J

None

Unoccupied. Liable person providing care elsewhere.

Please contact us.

K

None

Unoccupied. Liable person is a full time student.

Student disregard application

L

None

Unoccupied. The dwelling has been taken into possession by a mortgage lender.

Please contact us.

M

None

Occupied - occupied as a hall of residence

Please contact us.

N

None

Occupied - entirely by students.

Student disregard application

O

None

Occupied/Unoccupied - British armed forces accommodation.

Please contact us.

P

None

Occupied - visiting forces.

Please contact us.

Q

None

Unoccupied. Liable person is a trustee in bankruptcy.

Please contact us.

R

None

Unoccupied. Pitch/mooring not occupied by caravan/boat.

Please contact us.

S

None

Occupied only by person/s under 18 years old.

Please contact us.

T

None

Unoccupied annex that may not be let separately from main property because of a planning restriction.

Please contact us.

U

None

Occupied only by person/s who are severely mentally impaired.

SMI disregard application

V

None

Occupied only by a person who is a diplomat or a member of an international organisation headquartered in the UK.

Please contact us.

W

None

Occupied - An elderly or disabled relative living in a separate dwelling forming part of a larger property.

Please contact us to arrange an appointment for a visiting officer to come to the property.

If your bill shows that a discount or exemption has been allowed you must tell us, within 21 days, of any change in circumstances which could affect this discount. If you do not you may have to pay a penalty of £70 on the first occasion and £280 on each occasion thereafter.

Second Homes

Second homes do not receive any discount.

Long Term Empty Properties

Long Term empty properties are charged at 100%.

From 01/04/2019 properties that have been empty for 2 years will be charged at 200%.

Other reductions available

Certain people can be disregarded for Council Tax purposes, read more on disregards.

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax help may be available in the form of our Council Tax Reduction Scheme. 

 
 

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