Council Tax Exemptions
Properties exempt from Council Tax
A property can be exempt (no Council Tax to pay) for a fixed
period or it can be exempt indefinitely. The length of time a
property is exempt depends on the reason for the exemption.
Exempt properties fall into two categories:
An unoccupied property that is
no-one’s sole or main residence for Council Tax purposes. The
property can be either furnished or unfurnished.
A property occupied by certain
groups of people.
Some dwellings may be exempt from Council Tax. The 'Class' of an exemption refers to the legal
definition and is the indication that will appear on the Council
Please note in some cases further information or supporting
evidence may be required to support your application. You can view
a full list of Council Tax Exemption
types to determine whether you may qualify for an exemption and
then download, print and send us the relevant exemption claim form.
The administration of exemptions can be quite complex. The
application form gives as much detail as possible, but if you
require help to complete a form,
contact the Council Tax Team.
Alternatively Exemptions will not normally be
backdated for more than 12 months unless there is good reason
why it was not claimed earlier. Claims for over 12
months should be accompanied by a Backdated Exemption
Claim Form (PDF, 118KB)
If Exemptions do not apply, you should also check for Properties Eligible for