You may be able to get some money off your council tax, or an exemption from paying anything at all in some circumstances.
If your property qualifies for an exemption, and you don't have anything to pay, by law, we have to send you a notice. We’ll also let you know if your property transfers from one exemption class to another. You can sign up for online billing if you’d prefer to receive an electronic bill. To do this please register for a My Bentax account.
Most exempt properties are those that are left empty, but sometimes an exemption can apply when the property's occupied.
Apply for an exemption
Fill in our online form below if you think you may qualify for an exemption. Please read all the information below first.
How long exemptions last
Exemptions normally run from the date a property becomes unoccupied. Sometimes, there may be a maximum period allowed for an exemption. If so, either just before or at the time the exemption expires, we’ll send you a bill for any council tax charges due for the period after the exemption.
If you buy a property that already has an exemption, you may only be entitled to the exemption up to the end of its maximum period.
|B||Unoccupied properties that are owned and were last used by a charity. The exemption lasts for a maximum period of six months.|
|D||Unoccupied properties which were owned and were previously occupied by someone who is detained in prison or hospital by order of a court, under the Mental Health Act 1983 or under the deportation provision of the Immigration Act 1972.|
|E||Unoccupied properties, which were previously occupied by someone who's now living in a hospital, residential, care home, nursing home or hostel and s/he owns the property or retains the tenancy for the property.|
|F||Unoccupied properties left empty following the death of a sole owner or tenant, where probate or letters of administration aren’t yet granted and for up to six months after. The property must have remained empty since the date of death for the exemption to apply.|
|G||Unoccupied properties in which it's illegal to live.|
|H||Properties held vacant for future occupation by a minister of religion.|
|I||Properties left unoccupied by people who've moved elsewhere to receive personal care.|
|J||Properties left unoccupied by people who've moved to provide personal care to another person who lives elsewhere.|
|K||Properties left unoccupied by a student who left to study elsewhere and the vacant property was their main or only home.|
|L||Unoccupied properties that have been repossessed by a mortgage provider.|
|M||Student halls of residence.|
|N||Properties occupied wholly by students.|
|O||Armed forces accommodation owned by the Ministry of Defence.|
|P||Visiting forces accommodation.|
|Q||Unoccupied properties where the person responsible for paying the council tax is a trustee in bankruptcy.|
|R||A pitch or a mooring which isn't occupied by a caravan or a boat.|
|S||Properties occupied only by a person or persons aged under 18.|
|T||Properties forming part of another dwelling, such as granny flats or annexes, which can't be let separately.|
|U||Properties occupied only by a person(s) who is (are) severely mentally impaired.|
|V||Properties occupied by diplomats, persons who have diplomatic immunity, and certain members of their household.|
|W||An annexe or self-contained part of a property, which is occupied by an elderly, disabled or severely mentally impaired relative of the resident(s) living in the main part of the property.|
Contact us if you need more information about exemption entitlements.