The current processing time for new applications and changes to council tax is an average of 6 weeks. If you contact us with a general enquiry online we will reply to you within two working days.

Generally there are no discounts for second or holiday homes; you will have to pay a full charge.

If all the furniture is removed from the property you may be entitled to a reduction for one month, but the council tax will increase to 150 percent of the full charge if the property remains empty for over two years.

A 50 percent discount may be awarded if:

  • The council tax payer, must live in job-related accommodation because of the terms and conditions of their employment, this does not apply to a second home that is lived in because it is convenient for work
  • The second home is a pitch occupied by a caravan or a mooring occupied by a boat

Holiday properties in England that are available to let for more than 20 weeks of the year should pay business rates rather than council tax.¬†You can get more information from the Valuation Office's Holiday Cottages Guide Opens in a new window.