If you think you may be entitled to a discount or that your property is exempt for one or more of the reasons stated, you can apply online from this page. If you claim a discount, you will still have to pay the amount demanded on your bill until we make a decision on your claim.
If you live on your own you are entitled to a 25% discount off your annual bill.
When considering the number of adults living in a property, we do not count certain people. These include:
A single person discount remains on your account for the entire period that you are a single occupier. All single occupancy are reviewed every two years and if we do not receive confirmation from you that you are still a single occupier then the discount will be removed.
If you have someone staying with you for a short period of a few weeks then you do not need to inform us. If they are staying with you long term then you should notify our office as soon as possible.
You will need to upload a student certificate or written confirmation from the educational establishment confirming the course being studied, start and end date of the course and the number of hours study required per week.
If everyone who lives in a property is a full time student the property is exempt from council tax.
If the property is occupied by both students and non-students, then a reduction of 25% may apply.
You will usually be considered a full-time student if:
A council tax discount is not available for second homes (furnished properties that are not used as a main residence.)
A 50% discount is still available in the following circumstances:
• The council tax payer must live elsewhere in job related accommodation because of the terms and conditions of their employment, for example a caretaker or minister of religion. It also applies to members of the armed forces who own second homes in England but who live in separate accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence in either England, Scotland or Wales. The discount does not apply to a second home you are occupying because living there is convenient for your work.
• The second home is a pitch occupied by a caravan or a mooring occupied by a boat.
If someone in the household is now registered in a care home or is in hospital permanently and does not intend to return to the household, please complete the form.
The disabled band reduction scheme aims to ensure that disabled people do not pay more Council Tax because they live in a larger property than they would have needed if they were not disabled. Having a disability does not automatically entitle you to a reduction.
In summary, the requirements for a reduction are that the property must be the main residence of at least one disabled person and it must have at least one of:
The room or the wheelchair must also be essential or of major importance to the disabled person's well-being, due to the nature and extent of their disability.
'Disabled person' in this context means a person who is substantially and permanently disabled. The disabled person can be either an adult or a child and does not have to be responsible for paying the Council Tax bill.
An extra room does not need to have been specially built, but your home will not qualify for a reduction unless the 'essential or of major importance' test above is met. Simply rearranging rooms (for example, having a bedroom on the ground floor rather than the first floor) is unlikely to make your home eligible for a reduction.
If your home is eligible, your bill will be reduced to that of a property in the next Council Tax band down. For example, a Band D property will be charged a B and C rate. Even if your property is in Band A (the lowest band) you will still receive a reduction. It will be the same in cash terms as the reductions for homes in B, C or D.
Remember that before you apply the property must have been adapted for the use by the disabled resident with at least one of the special features mentioned above.
An appointment will be made with you to meet you at your home once we receive your application form so that you will be able to show our representative the adaptations that have been made. After that, we will consider your application then write and inform you of the decision.
If you would like any of the information provided here explained in more detail please telephone 0343 178 2743 and one of our advisors will be pleased to help you.
You will need to send us written confirmation from the apprentice's employer to confirm the apprentice is undertaking training leading to a National Vocational Qualification, that the salary is less than £160 per week and the start and end date of the apprenticeship.
You will need to send us written confirmation from the training provider to confirm the trainee is undertaking a government sponsored youth training scheme and the start and finish dates of the training scheme.
With effect from 1 April 2014 an annex occupied as the sole or main residence of a relative (as prescribed in the Council Tax (Reductions for Annexes) Regulations 2013) of the main property can qualify for a discount of 50%.
The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) (Amendment) (No.2) (England) Regulations 2012 gave billing authorities the discretion to levy an empty homes premium, payable on properties that have been left empty and unfurnished for two years or more.
As this premium applies to the property, a change of ownership or tenancy of an empty property will not affect the premium. If, when you purchased or leased your property it had already been empty and unfurnished for two years or more, you will have to pay the premium. The additional charge can only be removed by bringing your property back into use.
If the premium affects you, it will show on the Council Tax bill that we send you.
The Council has determined that the premium in Westminster will be levied at the highest level allowed for by the legislation which for 2020/21 is:
There are two types of property that are not affected by the premium:
If your bill shows a long-term empty premium charge and you think that your property is in one of these categories, please contact us straight away.
How to end the premium charge:
To end the premium charge, you must bring the property back into use. If you bring your property back into use, please contact us so we can arrange an appointment to visit your property. If the property has been occupied for a short period of time, we will treat it as not having been occupied for the purposes of calculating the two-year period.
If the owner/leaseholder is a registered charity you will need to send us a copy of the index slip stating the objective of the charity.
If the owner/leaseholder is not a charity, you will need to detail the organisation's aims and objectives and send us the latest set of accounts.
Council Tax discount is not available for empty properties. An empty property may qualify for an exemption if it meets one of the criteria below:
Here are the reasons why a property could be exempt from Council Tax:
Under Section 13A of the Local Government Act 1992 the Council may reduce the amount of Council Tax you are required to pay. The Council may reduce the amount of Council Tax in an individual case or in a class of cases where national discounts and exemptions do not apply.