When you do and don't pay Council Tax
When you do not pay Council Tax - Exemptions
If you own a property that qualifies for an exemption (does not require you to pay a Council Tax bill) you will not receive a Council Tax bill for this period. However we will send you information to let you know the valuation band the property has been placed in and what the Council Tax would be if it were not exempt.
Contact us if you believe you qualify for an exemption to be applied to your property.
If you receive an exemption then you must tell us of any change of circumstances which affects your entitlement within 21 days. Failure to do so may lead to a penalty charge.
Properties that are currently not lived in
For properties that are currently not lived in you can apply for a Council Tax exemption for one of the following reasons:
If you wish to claim one of these exemptions please email us with full details by clicking on the relevant link.
Please note that following any of the links below to apply online will involve setting up an online account first.
- Owned by a charity
- Left empty by someone who has gone to prison
- Previously occupied by a person in permanent residential care
- Waiting for probate or letters of administration to be granted
- Empty because occupation is forbidden by law
- Waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion
- Left empty by someone who has moved to receive personal care by reason of old age, disablement or illness
- Left empty by someone who has moved to provide personal care to another person
- Owned by a student and last occupied by a student
- Subject to a repossession order
- The responsibility of a bankrupts trustee
- A site for a caravan, mobile home or mooring
- Granny annexes or similar type of property
Properties that are curently being lived in
For properties that are currently being lived in you can apply for a Council Tax exemption for one of the following reasons:
- All the residents are students
- Used for UK armed forces accommodation
- At least one liable person is a member of a visiting force
- All residents are less than 18 years old
- All residents are severely mentally impaired
- At least one liable person is a foreign diplomat
- It is annexed to a family home occupied by that families elderly or disabled relative.