Council Tax Premium for empty properties

Last Updated: 11 March 2022

Where a property has been left empty for more than 2 years it will be subject to a Council Tax Premium, meaning for these properties the liable person will pay an additional charge on top of their normal Council Tax. The following council tax premium charges will apply on long term empty properties from the dates specified.

The following council tax premium charges will apply on long term empty properties from the dates specified.

Duration properties have been empty Previous premium New premium Date of effect
Properties empty between 2 and 5 years 100% premium payable 200% Council Tax in total payable With effect from 1 April 2021
Properties empty between 5 and 10 years - First year 100% premium payable 200% Council Tax in total payable With effect from 1 April 2021
Properties empty between 5 and 10 years - Second year onward 200% premium payable 300% Council Tax in total payable With effect from 1 April 2022
Properties empty more than 10 years - First year 100% premium payable 200% Council Tax in total payable With effect from 1 April 2021
Properties empty more than 10 years - Second year 200% premium payable 300% Council Tax in total payable With effect from 1 April 2022
Properties empty more than 10 years - Third year onward 300% premium payable 400% Council Tax in total payable With effect from 1 April 2023

Apply for an exception to the Council Tax Premium

Council Tax Premium policy guidelines for determining local exceptions (PDF 84KB / 2 pages)

Apply for an exception to the Council Tax Premium (PDF 77KB / 4 pages)

The application form should be printed, completed and returned with supporting documentary evidence to the address below.