Council tax discounts and exemptions

Empty properties council tax exemptions

An empty property may be exempt from council tax if:

Send your completed form to:

Revenues and benefits, Lichfield District Council, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs WS13 6YX.

If you have any questions, please contact our customer services team on 01543 308900, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5.15pm.

It may also be exempt if:

  • the occupier has moved to receive personal care.
  • occupation is prohibited by law.
  • the occupier has died and the property forms part of the estate of the deceased person and the personal representative is waiting for grant of probate or letters of administration, or less than six months have elapsed since such a grant was made.
  • the occupier has moved to provide personal care to another person.
  • the property has been repossessed by a mortgagee.
  • the property has been left unoccupied by students.
  • the property is the responsibility of a bankrupt's trustee.

An empty property may also be exempt if: 

  • it is unoccupied for up to six months and is owned by a charity.
  • it is an unoccupied and forms part of, or is situated within the curtilage of another home and is difficult to let separately without a breach of planning control, within the meaning of the Town and County Planning Act 1990(d).
  • please be aware from 1 April 2019, unoccupied and unfurnished dwellings will no longer receive a two-month council tax exemption. Furthermore, any property that has continuously been unoccupied and unfurnished for more than two years on or after 1 April 2019, will pay an additional council premium of 100% - therefore paying a 200% charge. This is designed to encourage owners of empty properties to bring them back into use. We have written to any property owners this may affect.

To apply for a council tax exemption, please fill in and submit a property exemption form. Send your completed form to:

Revenues and benefits, Lichfield District Council, District Council House, Frog Lane, Lichfield, Staffs WS13 6YX.

Please be aware we may visit your property as part of the application process to check it is empty.

If you have any questions, please contact our customer services team on 01543 308900, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5.15pm.

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