Apply for a discount or exemption

You do not have to pay the full rate of Council Tax if you meet certain conditions, or if your property is exempt

Types of discounts

  • patients resident in hospital
  • people who are being looked after in care homes 
  • people who are severely mentally impaired 
  • 18 to 19 year olds who are at or have just left school
  • apprentices
  • care workers working for low pay, usually for charities 
  • people caring for someone with a disability who is not a spouse, partner or child
  • members of visiting forces and certain international institutions
  • people in prison (except those in prison for on payment of Council Tax or a fine) 

Exempt properties

Empty properties

Your property may be exempt if it's empty and is:

  • owned by a charity and empty for less than six months
  • empty because the owner or tenant is in prison (unless they are in prison for non-payment of Council Tax)
  • empty because the owner or tenant has gone into a nursing home or hospital
  • empty because the owner or tenant has died and probate or letters of administration are due
  • prevented by law from being occupied
  • waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion
  • empty because someone has moved to become a carer or be cared for
  • empty because a student has left to study elsewhere
  • empty because it's been repossessed
  • a caravan pitch or boat mooring
  • a 'granny annexe' that has planning restrictions

Properties that aren't empty, by may still be exempt

A property can be exempt if it's not empty, for instance if:

  • it's a separate home but part of another property and lived in by a dependent relative
  • it's a student halls of residence
  • only full-time students or school leavers under 20 live there
  • all residents are under 18
  • all residents are severely mentally impaired
  • it's an armed forces barracks or married quarters
  • all residents are members of a visiting force
  • it's lived in by a diplomat or someone with diplomatic immunity

How to apply

Complete the online application form, making sure you have:

  • your Council Tax reference number; and,
  • you may need to provide evidence to support your application

Apply for a Council Tax discount or exemption

Submitting your evidence

If you have been asked to provide evidence you can submit it here.