Council tax exemptions and premiums

Council tax and benefits online – 31 March to 2 April

Between 3:30pm, Friday 31 March and 4pm, Sunday 2 April, due to essential maintenance work our online services for benefits and managing council tax accounts will not be available. Please do not try to use these services during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Empty properties

We charge a 100% premium for properties left empty and unfurnished for more than 2 years. This means owners will pay 200% of the full council tax.

This does not apply to:

  • empty properties of service personnel who have been posted away from home
  • empty annexes that are part of a person's sole or main residence

Second homes and furnished unoccupied properties do not get a discount. You must pay the full council tax rate for the property.

You can get: