Council tax discounts, exemptions, empty properties and second homes
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If you contact us please quote your Council Tax reference number (which can be found on the right hand side of your bill and is an 8-digit number starting with 9) or your name and/or address.
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Depending on your circumstances, it may be possible to get a discount or an exemption on your council tax bill. Please also see our policy on empty properties and second homes.
Paying the Right Level of Council Tax
A link to information provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding Council Tax
Council tax single person discount
You can claim 25% off your council tax if you are the only person over 18 who lives in your home.
Disabled persons reduction
You can get a reduction on your bill if you or someone in your home is ‘substantially and permanently disabled’.
Council tax exemptions
Some dwellings are exempt from council tax.
Council tax - empty property notification
Details of discounts and charges on uninhabitable or unoccupied and unfurnished properties including our policy on unoccupied/unfurnished properties which have been empty for two years or more. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE CHANGES TO OUR LONG TERM EMPTY POLICY WITH EFFECT FROM 1APRIL 2020.
Student exemptions and discounts
As a full time student, you could pay less council tax, depending on who else is living with you.
Details of the second home policy in the Stroud District Council area.
Severely mentally impaired persons
You, or somebody who lives with you, might be entitled to a discount (or exemption) if you are classed as severely mentally impaired.
You may be able to claim either a discount on your annexe or an exemption if it is classed as a 'granny' annexe.
- Care Leaver discounts (with effect from 1 April 2019)
- Discounts and exemptions (printable version)