If only one adult lives in a dwelling (as their main home), the Council Tax bill will be reduced by 25%.
Sometimes other adults you live with are not counted when adding up the number of residents. Please see Disregarded Occupants below for more information on this.
You can register for Council Tax by completing the Council Tax Information and Registration Form and sending it back to us (please read the guidance notes).
From 1 April 2018 if your property is unoccupied and unfurnished, you still have to pay Council Tax at the full rate. No discount is available.
For properties that are unoccupied and substantially unfurnished prior to 1 April 2018, a 100% discount for a maximum period of one month (up to 31 March 2018) from the last occupied date, regardless of any change in ownership is available. After which the full Council Tax will become payable.
From 1 April 2019 if your property is uninhabitable, you still have to pay Council Tax at the full rate. No discount is available.
If your property is empty and undergoing structural alteration or repair prior to 1 April 2019, you can receive a 50% discount for up to twelve months (up to 31 March 2018) after which the full charge applies.
If you live in and pay Council Tax for a property which your employer requires you to occupy, and you are liable for Council Tax on a second furnished property, you may qualify for a discount of 50%.
One of the properties must fall into Class A, B or C shown below:
A. The property is provided to you, or to your spouse/civil partner, because of your employment i.e. tied accommodation
B. The property is occupied as a residence from which you, or your spouse/civil partner, perform the duties of a Minister of any religious denomination.
C. Your are in the armed forces and have your main residence in the UK in Ministry of Defence accommodation which is exempt from Council Tax under Class O.
Annexes which are used by the occupier of the main house as part of the main home, or annexes which are occupied by a relative of the person living in the main house will be entitled to a 50% reduction in the Council Tax payable on the annexe.
For more information see our Annexe Discount Page.
Where the dwelling is the sole or main residence of a disabled person and certain conditions are satisfied, the liable person will be taxed at the next lowest valuation band. For properties in Band A the amount due is to be calculated as five ninths of a band D charge.
People in the following groups do not count towards the number of residents in a dwelling:
- full-time students and student nurses
- apprentices and youth training trainees
- any patient whose sole or main residence is a residential care home, nursing home or hostel
- people who are severely cognitively impaired
- 18 or 19 year olds who are at or have just left school
- care workers working for low pay, usually for charities
- people caring for someone with a disability who is not a spouse, partner, or child under 18
- members of visiting forces and certain international institutions
- members of religious communities (monks and nuns)
- persons in detention (except those in prison for non-payment of Council Tax or a fine)
- foreign diplomats and their non-British spouses
For more information or to apply for these discounts please select the relevant group above.
If further information is not available above on your chosen disregard, then please contact us.