Reduce, Discount or Exempt Council Tax
There are a number of reasons why your Council Tax payment could be reduced.
You may be entitled to a discount:
How to Claim
If you have not signed up to self-service and would like to do so, please register for a self-service account:
You can either apply for any of these reliefs, discounts exemptions if you have signed up for self-service or download the form as shown or contact the Council Tax Office: Tel 0300 303 8588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sending Council Tax your Documents
You are able to send queries to the Council Tax team and upload documents:
Council Tax - send your document
Council Tax Support is a means tested discount to help people, whether unemployed, working or on a low income, to pay their Council Tax. It is a local scheme with the rules set and administered by Mendip District Council. Any discount awarded will be credited to your Council Tax account, reducing the amount you owe.
The Council has the discretionary power to reduce the Council Tax liability.
Once we receive your written request (letter or email) we will spread your bill over the remaining monthly instalments.
A dwelling which only has one resident aged 18 or over is subject to a 25% discount from Council Tax.
Except in certain cases, a property which is deemed to be a second home ie not occupied by anyone as their sole or main residence.
A property which is empty and unfurnished may be exempt for a period of up to 6 months and certain properties could be completely exempt even if they are occupied (although special conditions apply).
People who are severely mentally impaired are not included when working out Council Tax.
Some people will not be counted when looking at the number of adults resident in a property, provided they meet certain conditions.
From 1 April 2014 annexes which are used by the occupier of the main house, either as part of the main house, or occupied by a relative of the person living in the main house, will be entitled to a discount of 50% in respect of the council tax payable on the annexe.
Unoccupied dwellings may be exempt from council tax.