If you have already been awarded a discount or exemption it will show on your bill.

The full Council Tax bill assumes that there are two adults (over the age of 18) living in a property. The bill does not increase if more than two adults are resident.

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Single person discount
Adults who are not counted
Family Annex Discount
People with disabilities
Second homes and properties which are unoccupied and furnished
Exemptions for occupied properties
Exemptions for unoccupied properties
Discounts for unoccupied and unfurnished properties
Unoccupied and unfurnished properties that are undergoing or requiring major repairs or alterations
Discretionary Reduction Scheme
Changes in circumstances
Applying for a discount or exemption

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Single person discount

The full Council Tax applies when there are two adults living in a property. If you are the only adult living at your address as your main home you can claim a 25 percent discount on your bill.

Adults who are not counted

If one or more of the adults in your house are not counted, you may be entitled to a discount or exemption on your Council Tax Bill. Adults who are not counted are:

  • Full-time students, student nurses, apprentices and people under 25 on youth training schemes  
  • People permanently resident in hospital or care homes
  • People who are severely mentally impaired
  • Carers - People living with and caring for someone who is not their partner, spouse or child under 18. 
  • People staying in certain hostels or night shelters
  • 18 and 19 year olds who are at school or college, or who have just left
  • People in prison or detention - unless in prison for not paying Council Tax or non payment of a fine.

Family Annex Discount

This is a new 50% discount from 1 April 2014 for annexes that are either being used as part of the main residence or are occupied by relatives of the person who is responsible for the council tax on the main dwelling. Please contact the council tax office for further details if you think you may be entitled to this discount.

People with disabilities

If there is a room, extra space or additional bathroom or kitchen in your property that is needed by a disabled occupant, the disabled band reduction scheme may help you to get a reduction in your Council Tax. The reduction is the equivalent of your band being reduced to the band below, or by a sixth if your property is in Band A.To claim this reduction, please complete the 'Application for a disabled reduction' 

Second Homes and properties which are unoccupied and furnished

From 1 April 2013 there will be no discount on these properties whilst they remain substantially furnished. A full, 100 percent charge will apply. View Council Tax charges and bands.

Occupied properties which are exempt

  • Occupied only by people under 18
  • Occupied only by people who are severely mentally impaired
  • Occupied only by full time students or student nurses 
  • Where the property is part of another property and a dependent relative lives in it, such as a ‘granny flat’ or annex.  

Unoccupied properties which are exempt

  • Properties owned by a charity are exempt for up to six months from vacation providing that when they were last occupied they were being used for the purpose of the charity.
  • Properties left empty by someone who is a permanent resident in a hospital, residential or nursing home or in prison/detention
  • Properties left empty by someone who has left to receive care from another person
  • Properties left empty by someone providing care for another person
  • Properties left empty that were last occupied by a full-time student who is the owner or leaseholder
  • Properties left empty because someone has died are exempt where probate has yet to be made and for up to six months after probate has been granted
  • Properties left empty because they have been repossessed or are the responsibility of a trustee in bankruptcy
  • Properties left empty because occupation is not allowed by law
  • Properties waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion

Discounts for unoccupied and unfurnished properties

From 1 April 2013 the following discounts and charges will apply based on when your property first became unoccupied and substantially unfurnished:

The first 3 months - a 100 percent discount will be given from the date of vacation for a period of up to 3 months, so there will be no charge.
After 3 months and up to 6 months - if the property remains unoccupied and substantially unfurnished a 25 percent discount will be given so the council tax charge will be 75 percent of the full charge for the property.

View Council Tax charges and bands.

Unoccupied and unfurnished properties that are undergoing or requiring major repairs or alterations

Where a property requires or is undergoing major repairs or structural alterations, a discount of 100 percent for up to 12 months can be claimed. The 'Do it online' section has a link to an online application form that you can complete.

Evidence is required for this discount and the council may wish to inspect the property to verify its condition or what work is taking place.

Please note: if the property remains unoccupied and substantially unfurnished on expiry of this discount, a charge will be payable. Where it has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for less than 2 years this will be a full charge and where it has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished more than 2 years this will be a 150% charge.

You can find more information and advice on how to bring your empty property back into use on the empty residential properties page

Discretionary Reduction Scheme

Council tax discretionary reductions are explained here. Reductions will be determined on an individual case by case basis and are only available where an empty property charge has increased because of the changes from 1 April 2013. Please contact the council tax office if you wish to discuss this.

Changes in circumstances

Please note: You must inform the council tax office, within 21 days, of any changes that affect your charge or your right to a discount, reduction or exemption. If you fail to do this you may be required to pay a penalty of £70.

Applying for a discount or exemption

Application forms can be found in the downloads section.

We may need to inspect your property to ensure the correct exemption/discount has been applied. Or we may need to see proof to support your application. The form will tell you what proof you need to provide.

If you require a form to be sent to you by post or have any questions about the discount forms, you can contact us..

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Telephone 01204 331599

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