Council tax discounts and exemptions
Single person's discount
You're entitled to 25 per cent off your council tax bill if you live on your own or if all the people you live with are under 18.
Disabled person's discount
You may be entitled to a council tax discount if you or someone who lives with you (adult or child) has a disability and you have special facilities in your home.
Discounts for people who aren't counted for council tax
You may be entitled to a discount because you or others who are living with you aren't counted when calculating the amount of the council tax due. If everyone who lives in the household aren't counted, then a further discount or exemption may be due.
You're a carer if you provide care for at least 35 hours a week to another person who lives with you who isn't your partner, spouse or child.
The person you're caring for must be entitled to one of the following benefits:
- Attendance Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance (middle or higher rate care component)
- Disablement pension (highest rate)
You're a care worker if you're employed to provide care or support for someone for at least 24 hours a week, paid no more than £44 a week and live in premises provided by your employer to help you perform your work.
You must be employed by one of the following organisations or employed by the person you care for but have been introduced to them by one of the following organisations:
- Plymouth City Council
- The Government
- A charitable organisation
You're a student if you're:
- attending a university or college course which lasts at least one academic year, takes at least 24 weeks a year and involves at least 21 hours of study a week when in attendance
- under 20 years of age, studying for more than three months and at least 12 hours a week for a qualification up to A Level (if you leave after 1 May, we will not count you until the following 1 November)
- a student nurse on a university course
- a foreign language assistant registered with the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges
- a non-British spouse or dependant of a student and you are prevented by the terms of UK entry from taking paid employment or from claiming benefits
Visit our council tax for student housing page for more information.
You're 18 and still at school if you're in full-time education and a parent is still receiving child benefit.
You're an apprentice if you're employed to learn a trade which leads to a qualification recognised by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and earn no more than £195 a week.
You're severely mentally impaired if it's been confirmed by a doctor and you are entitled (though not necessarily in receipt of) one of the following benefits:
- Incapacity Benefit
- Employment Support Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Disability Living Allowance (higher or middle rate care component)
- Working Tax Credit (disability element)
- An unemployability supplement
- Attendance Allowance at one of the four rates payable with disablement benefit or war disablement pension
- An unemployability supplement payable with war disablement pension
- Income Support (disability premium)
Discounts aren't given automatically, we may ask you for proof or inspect your home. You still need to pay your council tax whilst applying for a discount but if you're entitled to a discount we'll give you a refund. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 668000 if you want to appeal a decision or cancel a discount you're receiving. If you want to appeal a decision about a discount you've been given please put this in writing and send it to Revenues and Benefits, Plymouth City Council, PO Box 293, Plymouth PL5 9BZ.
There may be a period where you don't pay council tax on the following properties:
- Homes left empty by a prisoner and no-one else lives in it
- Homes left empty by a patient living in a hospital, nursing home or care home and they have no plans to move back
- Homes left empty by a person who's died (exempt until the date probate is granted and for up to six months after that date if it stays empty)
- Occupation prohibited by law
- Empty homes which are used by a minister of religion
- Homes left empty by a person receiving care and no-one else lives in it
- Homes left empty by a person providing care and no one else lives in it
- Homes left empty by a student
- Repossessed homes
- Homes left empty by a bankrupt
- Empty caravan pitches or moorings (for as long as the pitch or mooring is empty)
- Empty annexes that can't be let separately because it's part of the main home or because of planning restriction (often applies to granny flats)
- Empty homes owned by a charity (for up to six months from the date it was last occupied by the charity)
- Halls of residence if they're occupied by students and owned or managed by an educational establishment
- Homes occupied entirely by full time students
- Home owned by the Ministry of Defence or UK armed forces
- Home occupied by visiting forces
- Home occupied by people under the age of 18
- Home occupied by a severely mentally impaired person
- Home occupied by a non-British diplomat
- An annex occupied by a dependant relative if it's self-contained, forms part of another home and is occupied by a relative who is over 65-years old, disabled or severely mentally impaired
We'll make the following charges if your property stays empty:
- Empty and unfurnished - no charge for up to one month, full charge after that for up to two years, full charge plus 50 per cent after two years
- Empty and furnished - full charge from the date the property became empty
- Empty and substantially unfurnished because undergoing (or having undergone) major repairs or structural alteration - 50 per cent charge for a maximum of 12 months, full charge after that until the end of the second year, full charge plus 50 per cent after two years