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Exemptions, discounts and reductions

Exemptions

If any of the circumstances listed below apply to your property you may be entitled to an exemption:

Property exemptions
Class Dwelling type
B dwellings owned by a charity and unoccupied for a period of less than 6 months
D dwellings left empty by persons in detention
E dwellings left empty by patients in hospital or care homes
F dwellings left empty by deceased persons where no probate has been guaranteed
FPG dwellings left empty by deceased persons for a period of less than 6 months after the date on which grant of probate of letters of administration are made
G dwellings whose occupation is prohibited by law
H empty clergy houses which are vacant awaiting occupation by a Minister of Religion
I dwellings left empty by persons receiving care other than in a hospital
J dwellings left empty by people providing care
K dwellings left empty by students where the liable person is a student who used to live in the property concerned
L dwellings repossessed by a mortgagee
M halls of residence provided predominantly for students
N dwellings occupied only by students
O armed forces barracks, messes or married quarters
P dwellings occupied by visiting forces
Q dwellings where the liable person is a trustee in bankruptcy
R pitch or mooring which is not occupied by a caravan or a boat
S dwellings occupied solely by persons under 18 years of age
T unoccupied annexes
U dwellings occupied solely by persons who are severely mentally impaired
V dwellings occupied by persons and their relatives entitled to Diplomatic Immunity
W dwellings which are part of a single property, occupied by relatives of a person who is liable for Council Tax in another dwelling, that is her/his sole or main residence

If you wish to apply for any of the above or require advice or assistance please contact us.

Discounts

If you meet any of the following criteria, please complete our online form:

  • full time student
  • person in detention
  • patient of a hostel, hospital, nursing home or residential care home
  • person caring for someone with a disability who is not their spouse, partner or child under 18
  • person who is severely mentally impaired

Apply online for a discount.

Other possible discounts

You may also be entitled to a discount if you are:

  • a person under 20 years of age undertaking further education
  • a member of a religious community
  • a person aged 18 where child benefit is payable for him/her
  • a school/college leaver under 20 years old between 30 April - 1 November
  • a member of a visiting force or an international headquarters and defence organisation.
  • a spouse or dependant of a student who is not a British citizen and who is therefore unable to claim benefit or work in Britain

If you wish to apply for any of the above or require advice or assistance please contact us.

If you meet the following criteria, please complete and return the paper form:

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Reductions for people with a disability

If you, or someone who lives with you, needs a room, an extra bathroom/kitchen or extra space in your property to meet special needs arising from a disability, you may be entitled to pay Council Tax at a reduced rate.

Council Tax may be reduced to that of a property in the band immediately below your property's banding.

Special rules extend this form of relief to properties in Band A. Broadly speaking these rules give a person with a disability living in a Band A property the same level of help as those persons living in a property with a higher band.

Apply online for a reduction.