If you’ve had to adapt your home because someone living there has a disability, you may be able to get a council tax reduction.
Who can apply for a disability reduction?
Having a disability doesn’t automatically entitle you to a reduction in council tax.
To qualify, your home must be the main residence of at least one disabled person, whether adult or child, and it must have at least one of the following:
- any room, apart from a bathroom, kitchen or toilet, which is mainly used by the disabled person. This could be a room that you’re using specifically for storing specialised equipment like a dialysis unit or wheelchair
- an extra bathroom or kitchen for the disabled person (a second toilet with or without a washbasin, or a bathroom converted to a wet room, can’t be classed as a bathroom)
- enough space for the use of a wheelchair (if the wheelchair is for outside use only, this won’t count).
The room or the wheelchair must also be essential or of major importance to the disabled person's wellbeing, due to the nature and extent of their disability. You’ll need to show that, without these features, the disabled person would find it difficult to live in your home and their health or yours would suffer.
What reduction you may get
If we grant relief, we’ll reduce the banding on which your council tax bill is calculated by one band. For example, if your property was in council tax band C, it will be charged at band B rate. If your property is already in the lowest council tax band (A), you can still receive a reduction. The charge will be reduced to five ninths of the charge of a band D property.
Apply for council tax disability reduction
If your home meets the criteria, the person named on your council tax bill should fill in our online council tax disabled reduction form. You don’t need to apply for relief each year, but we’ll periodically check that your circumstances remain the same.
If possible, let us have a written note from a qualified professional, such as an occupational therapist or social worker, to confirm the person’s disability. It should also indicate that the extra space, room or adaptation of your home is essential to the disabled person’s wellbeing.
You can send us your evidence electronically by scanning the relevant documents and uploading them with the evidence attachment form.
If you qualify for council tax band reduction
Your reduction in council tax will start from the date you made your application. If you want us to consider awarding it from an earlier date, you must provide evidence to show that you met the qualifying criteria from that date.
Your reduction will stop if your circumstances change and the disabled person no longer lives in your home or they no longer need the adaptations.
This relief does not affect the value of your property or its true banding.
If you don’t qualify for council tax band reduction
We’ll write to you to explain why. II you don’t agree with our decision, you can appeal by filling in the online dispute form.