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The current processing time for new applications and changes to council tax is an average of 12 weeks. If you contact us with a general enquiry online we will reply to you within two working days.

Unoccupied and empty properties

From 1 April 2019 there will not be any reduction in council tax for empty and unfurnished properties.

Up to 31 March 2019 a reduction of up to one month can be applied for. This will end on 1 April 2019 regardless of when the reduction started.

For all empty properties the council tax will increase to 200% of the full charge if the property remains empty for over two years

  Tell us a property is unoccupied and unfurnished

Uninhabitable properties

Properties that are uninhabitable or undergoing major structural repair are not exempt, a full council tax charge will be payable.

For all uninhabitable properties the council tax will increase to 200% of the full charge if the property remains empty for over two years.

If the work being carried out is going to take longer than 12 months it may be possible to delay the 200% charge for a year so it would not take effect until the property has been empty for three years.

  Download a form to tell us a property is uninhabitable

Depending on the level of work required it may be possible to apply to the valuation office to have the property¬†removed from the council tax list Opens in a new window.