Exemptions from council tax
Find out when a property may be exempt from council tax and how to apply
If you make any changes to your circumstances or payment methods after 2 March 2018, we will be aware of the changes but they won't show up in your annual bill.
This is because we're currently in the process of issuing the annual bills and unable to add any changes.
You'll be sent an up to date bill after 5 April 2018.
Apply for exemption for the following properties:
- University accommodation, like a Hall of Residence
- Armed forces accommodation
- Visiting forces accommodation
- Properties left empty and owned by a charity
- Properties that have been repossessed
- An empty caravan pitch or boat mooring
- An empty annexe that cannot be let under planning control
- Occupation is not allowed by law
Apply for exemption on properties that have been:
- Occupied only by full-time students
- Occupied only by people under the age of 18
- Occupied only by people who are severely mentally impaired (pdf, 69k) (opens new window)
- Occupied by visiting diplomats
- An annexe lived in by an elderly or disabled relative, who’s family live in the main property
- Left empty by someone who is in prison or hospital
- Left empty by someone living in a care home
- Empty after the death of the owner while probate is obtained or up to six months after probate is granted. Additional six months are available provided the property remains part of the estate and has not been left in its entirety to an individual(s)
- Left empty waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion
- Left empty by someone receiving personal care – not in a home or hospital
- Left empty by someone who’s moved to provide personal care
- Left empty, owned and last occupied by a student
- Empty and the owner is bankrupt
Tell us about a change
Contact us if your circumstances change or you are getting a council tax exemption by mistake. You could be fined if you don’t tell us.
This is guidance only. For more information, contact us using our online form.