Apply for a physical disabilities discount
You may qualify for a Council Tax discount if your home has certain features which are essential, or of major importance, to the wellbeing of an adult or child with a permanent and substantial disability who lives in the property.
About the discount
You can qualify for a discount if your home has the following features:
- An additional bathroom or kitchen required for the use of the person with the disability
- Any other room (except a toilet) which is predominantly used by the disabled person
- Extra space inside the property to allow for the use of a wheelchair
Any reduction granted does not depend on income or savings.
If you are granted a reduction, the property will be put into the band below that shown in the Valuation List and a new bill will be sent to you.
Only one reduction can be given for each property. If the property is already on the lowest band - A the reduction is calculated as five ninths of the amount set by the Local Authority for properties shown in Band D.
You will need
- Your Council Tax account number
- A doctor’s letter (in some circumstances)
Before you start
This form is for new applications only.
Do not complete this form if you:
- Already receive this discount - please reapply when you receive a review letter
- Want to tell us about a change to your circumstances.
The person who is responsible for paying Council Tax must apply even if it is another person living in the property who has a disability.
Please complete the application form with every detail you feel will help your case.
Your personal information provided on this form will be used in accordance with the Council’s Personal Information Policy.
What happens next
An inspector from the Council Tax Office may visit the property to ensure that every adaptation has been taken into account. The Council Tax Office will consider whether the features are essential or of major importance to the person with a disability.
We will then inform you of our decision and send you an updated bill if the discount has been granted.
You have the right to appeal against our decision. Details of how to appeal to the Valuation Officer will be sent to you on request, or contact us for more information.
Medium - This form usually takes a few minutes to complete
Up to: Council Tax discounts
Updated: 15 July 2020