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Single Occupier Discount on Council Tax

If you live on your own or the people you live with don't count as adults for Council Tax you'll get 25% off your bill

Who can apply?

To qualify for Single Occupier Discount (also known as Single Occupancy Discount ), you must be the only person who lives in your house who:

  • Is over 18 years of age; and,
  • Is not a full-time student.

If there are other people over 18 living with you who are full time students, or may be disregarded from Council Tax for other reasons, you can still claim a discount.

How to apply

Complete the online application form providing:

  • your Council Tax reference number (you will find this on your bill)
  • your postcode
  • if applicable, details of anyone who has recently stopped living with you, including where they have moved to
  • if applicable, proof of student status for any students over 18 living with you

If there is anything else you need to tell us that is not included on the form you must email us, providing your account number.

What happens next?

We will normally notify you within ten working days if you have been successful in applying for a discount. If we require more information we will contact you. If a discount is awarded you will receive an adjusted Council Tax bill.

You must continue to pay your Council Tax at the full rate until you have been notified that your application is successful.

Appealing a decision

You can appeal against our decision to not award Single Occupier Discount if you think it's wrong. We will respond within two months.

If we don't agree you can appeal to the Valuation Tribunal who must receive your appeal within two months of us making our decision.

Visit GOV.UK: Council Tax appeals for further information on Council Tax appeals.

Tell us about a change

You will need to notify us within 21 days if any of the following happen:

  • anyone living with you reaches their 18th birthday
  • anyone living with you finishes full-time education
  • anyone over 18 years old moves in with you, even if they are a full-time student
  • you move address

If you've just moved address, or will be moving soon, you can tell us about that here.

Failing to notify us of a change that might affect your discount may result in a £70 penalty. Please note that any discounts may be reviewed.

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