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Exemptions and discounts

Council Tax discounts or exemptions (including disabled band reductions)

We will be going live with our Council Tax exemption and discount online forms at the beginning of 2015, until then if you would like to claim a discount, exemption or disabled band reduction you can contact the Council Tax Team or see us at any one of our three district offices.

Exempt properties

Some properties are exempt from the payment of Council Tax. Details are shown on the leaflet that is available online when your Council Tax bill is issued, copies are also obtainable on request from the Council Tax section. Please Contact the Council's Officers at the address provided if you think your property might qualify for exemption.

Full description of Council Tax Exemptions

Council Tax empty property exemptions

Short-term empty property discount

As approved at Full Council on 26 November 2014, the short-term empty property discount of 100% awarded to empty and unfurnished properties will be reduced from 3 months to 1 month from 1 April 2015. Any discount awarded before 1 April 2015 will end on 31 March 2015 or 1 month after it commences if the award starts from 2 March 2015 onwards.

Empty Property Premium

Also approved at Full Council on 26 November 2014 from 1 April 2015 a 50% premium will be charged on any empty property that has been unoccupied and unfurnished for two years or more and does not meet the following criteria:


The full Council Tax bill assumes that there are two adults residing in a property. If only one adult over the age of 18 lives in a property, Council Tax may be reduced by 25% on application. Please note that if a person is temporarily absent from address they are still counted as resident in the property. The following are not counted when considering the number of residents in a property: Students, apprentices, the severely mentally impaired, care workers and others. For further details contact one of the Council's officers at the address provided.

People with disabilities

If you, or someone who lives with you, need an extra room (which could include an extra bathroom or kitchen) or extra space for a wheelchair, your bill may be reduced to that of a lower band property. As from 1 April 2000, this reduction now applies to band A properties, which will be reduced to 5/9ths of the equivalent band D charge. If you wish to apply, contact the Council at the address provided.

Applying for a discount

Discounts for any of the circumstances listed above can be applied for through the Council Tax offices or you can contact the Council Tax Team.

Empty property review

We are carrying out a review of empty properties in the Borough.

Full Council Tax exemptions

Find out about Council Tax exemptions in more detail.

Annexe discount

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 are entitled to a 50 per cent reduction.
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