A Council Tax bill is calculated as if two or more adults are resident in the property. If, however, only one adult (a person over the age of eighteen) occupies your property, then you will be entitled to a 25% single person discount. Please note that married couples/partners are deemed to live in the same property, even when one of them is temporarily absent due to work commitments.
When calculating how many adults are living in a property, certain people are discount disregarded and do not count toward the number of people residing in the property.

Unoccupied and substantially unfurnished properties 

Properties that are substantially unfurnished may be entitled to a discount, currently 100% * for the 1st month, commencing on the day on which the furniture is first removed. This is irrespective of a change of tenant/owner, as the actual day on which the property first became vacant remains unchanged.

 * This % level may change (between 0% & 100%) in future financial years commencing on 1st April.

The discount available to properties that are substantially unfurnished and require, or are undergoing major repair or structural alterations, has been reduced from 50% to 0% with effect from 01/04/2017.

Unoccupied caravans and boats will qualify for a 50% discount for a max of 6 months.
Council Tax Discount for Flooded Homes

Richmondshire District Council has its own "locally defined" discount scheme to assist those who have suffered from weather related flooding.

Any discount awarded would be for a fixed period of time which may be less, but not more than 12 months.

Click pdfhere for more information on this discretionary discount

Second homes - job related absence
Under certain circumstances a second home will be entitled to a 50% discount, where the Council Taxpayer is unable to reside in their secondary residence due to a specified condition in their contract of employment, which stipulates that they must reside in another property.
  • Examples of such circumstances would be where a publican was required to live above his/her licensed premises, a residential school caretaker, a practicing reverend living within his/her diocese or a member of the forces who has been posted away on a tour of duty.
  • To qualify both properties must be furnished, situated within England, Wales, or Scotland and the applicant must be responsible for the Council Tax payment on each dwelling (Ministry of Defence accommodation and properties provided to a minister of religion for the performance of their duties are included within this payment definition).

Discounts are reviewed regularly in the year and visits may be made where appropriate to verify that discounts should continue.

Family Annexes

From 1 April 2014 the Council Tax (Reductions for Annexes) (England) Regulations 2013 offers a 50% reduction in the amount of Council Tax payable (on top of any other Council Tax discount) for dwellings that meet the appropriate criteria - please click here for more information.

No account is taken of your income, so even if you are receiving a good income you could still qualify for this reduction.

Please note: If you have been granted a discount that you believe you are not entitled to, you are legally required to inform the Council within 21 days. Failure to do so may result in the issue of a £70.00 civil penalty.


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Richmondshire District Council
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