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.
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.
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.
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.
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.