Council tax discounts
- Single resident discount
- Single person discount review
- Disabled band reduction
- Local Discounts
- Property requiring works
- Empty homes premium
If only one adult lives in a dwelling (as their main home), the council tax bill can be reduced by a quarter (25%).
If a person resident in a dwelling falls into one of the following categories, and as a result less than two adults are to be taken into account a 25% discount is applicable.
If as a result of a resident being disregarded no occupiers are taken into account then a 50% discount may be applicable; or in certain situations a full exemption will apply.
If any occupiers of your property fall into any of the following categories then please contact the council tax section for details of how to apply, or fill in a form if applicable;
|Discount||Description||How to apply|
|Apprentice disregard||If you are an apprentice and earn less than £195 per week you may be disregarded.||Apprentice disregard discount form|
|Carer disregard||If you live with and provide care for someone on certain benefits you may be disregarded.||Carer disregard discount form|
|Foreign language assistant||If you are a foreign language assistant and are registered with the Central Bureau for educational visits and exchanges and appointed at an educational establishment.||Foreign language assistant disregard discount form|
|Full time student||If you are on a full time course of education you can be disregarded. If the property is only occupied by full time students a Class N exemption may apply.||Full time student disregard discount form|
|Member of a religious community||If you are a member of a religious community and the principal occupation is prayer, contemplation, education and the relief of suffering of others. You must also have no personal income or capital (excluding pensions).||Member of a religious community disregard discount form|
|Member of a visiting force||If you have a relevant association with a visiting Force, (within the meaning of the Visiting Forces Act 1952); a dependant of a member may also be disregarded.||Contact the council tax section|
|Member of international headquarters and defence organisations||If you are a member of international headquarters or a defence organisation; dependents of any such member are also disregarded.||Contact the council tax section|
|Non-British spouse of a student||If you are the spouse or civil partner or dependant of a full time student; not a British citizen and prevented by the terms of your visa from taking paid employment.||Non British spouse of a student disregard discount form|
|Paid carer||Certain paid carers who look after an elderly person or a person with a disability for more than 24 hours/week and are not paid more than £44/week.||Paid carer disregard discount form|
|Person entitled to child benefit||If there is an occupier over 18 for whom child benefit is payable in respect of, that person can be disregarded.||Person entitled to child benefit disregard discount form|
|Persons in detention||If there is an occupier who is detained in prison or hospital by virtue of a court order they can be disregarded. Please use this form if applicable.||Persons in detention disregard discount form|
|Persons with diplomatic privilege or immunity||If you are a non-British citizen and have privileges and immunities under certain acts.||Contact the council tax section|
|Resident in care home, hospital or hostel to receive care||If your main residence is in a care home, hospital or hostel a disregard discount may apply. If your property has been left empty due to you now being resident in care home please see Exemptions Class E.||Resident in care home, hospital or hostel to receive care disregard discount form|
|Resident of hostel or night shelter||If you are resident in accommodation provided for the homeless.||Contact the council tax section|
|School leaver under 20||If a resident is under 20, and has ceased to undertake a qualifying course of education between 1 May & 31 October, they can be disregarded until 1 November. Please fill in this form if applicable.||School leaver under 20 disregard discount form|
|Severely mentally impaired resident||If a resident is severely mentally impaired and in receipt of certain benefits a disregard discount may apply. If the property is only occupied by severely mentally impaired residents a Class U exemption may apply.|
|Youth training trainee|
If you are under 25 and receiving training under the youth training scheme.
|Youth training trainee disregard discount|
You may apply for a band reduction on your council tax if your property has any of the following facilities required for meeting the needs of a disabled resident;
- a wheelchair is used indoors;
- a second bathroom;
- a second kitchen;
- a room, other than a bathroom, kitchen or lavatory, predominantly used by the disabled person;
If you feel you may meet one of the above criteria then please complete the application form.
A visit may be arranged to allow your application to be processed.
The Local Government Finance Act has introduced some technical changes to council tax. The proposed local changes were agreed at a full council meeting of Chichester District Council on Tuesday 11 December 2012.
- Properties that are unoccupied and substantially unfurnished now attract a local discount which has been set at 0%.
- Properties that are second homes now attract a local discount which has been set at 0%
Certain annexes whether occupied or unoccupied can receive either a 50% discount or a full exemption.
An annexe (or similar self-contained part of a home) which is occupied as part of the main home or is the main home of a relative of the council taxpayer of the main home.
A relative is defined within the regulations as:
- nephew, or;
- niece (including older generations of each, e.g. great grandparent)
- relatives by marriage or civil partnership
- two people living together as if they were married or in a civil partnership will be treated as though the couple were married or in a civil partnership
- the stepchild of a person shall be treated as his/her child
If the relative is aged 65 or over, severally mentally impaired or substantially and permanently disabled the annexe may qualify for an exemption under Class W; please see our Council tax exemptions page.
How much is and how long will the discount last?
The discount is 50% of the charge payable for the annexe and is awarded for as long as conditions are met.
How do I apply for this discount?
You should complete the 50% annexe discount form below. A visit will be arranged to verify your application and you may be asked to confirm the situation each year.
Unoccupied annexe with planning restriction
An unoccupied dwelling of the sort commonly referred to as granny annexes, but may also refer to other annexes, may be entitled to a full exemption from council tax. The property has to form part of premises which include another dwelling and where the unoccupied property may not be let separately from the main dwelling without a breach of planning control within the meaning of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. If you wish to apply for this exemption then please confirm the situation in writing to the council tax section and provide a copy of the planning restriction notice.
Prior to 1 April 2017
Properties that require major repair works to render them habitable or that are undergoing structural alterations can receive a local discount of 100% up to 31 March 2017. Please note that the discount ends 6 months after the works are substantially completed and you should therefore ensure you notify the council tax office when this is the case. Refurbishment works such as a new bathroom, new kitchen do not qualify for this discount. If the property continues to meet the criteria after 1 April 2017 the discount rate reverts to 0% meaning a full charge is effectively payable.
Post 1 April 2017
Properties that require major repair works or that are undergoing structural alterations attract a local discount which has been set at 0%.
The level of discount has been reduced to 0% from 1 April 2017 following the Cabinet meeting of Chichester District Council that was held on 1 November 2016.
From 1 April 2015 an empty homes premium, in addition to the full council tax will be charged by the council when a property has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for 2 years. The premium will be charged at 50% of the full council tax. However there are exemptions from this premium where:
- a property would be the sole/main residence of a person, but it is empty as that person resides in accommodation provided by the Ministry of Defence, because of their employment; or
- a property is an annexe to a property and it is being used as part of the main property.