Apply for discounts and exemptions


Some properties are exempt from Council Tax. This table lists the types of property that are exempt.



B Unoccupied property owned by a registered charity

Empty as liable person being in prison or detained in hospital

E Empty property previously occupied by a person now residing in a care home, hospital or hostel
F Liable person deceased
G Occupation prohibited by law
H Held for Minister of religion
I Person living elsewhere to receive personal care
J Person living elsewhere to provide personal care
K Left empty by a student
L Mortgagee in possession
M Students’ halls of residence
N Occupied only by students or students and their non-British spouses or dependants
O UK armed forces accommodation
P Visiting forces accommodation
Q Liable person is a trustee in bankruptcy
R Unoccupied caravan pitch or boat mooring
S Occupied by under 18 year olds only
T Unoccupied annexe
U Occupied by severely mentally impaired persons only
V Property which is the main residence of a person with diplomatic privilege or immunity
W Annexe occupied by dependant relative


If you are in full time education, you are exempt from paying Council Tax. To qualify you must be:

  • a student (including student nurses), apprentice or youth trainee
  • on a one year course or more
  • studying, training or working as part of your course for at least 21 hours a week

You will need to provide:

  • your student number
  • your university course
  • a Certificate of Student Status (provided by your university)

Students from Hertfordshire University can request that a certificate is sent to the Council upon enrolment. Further details can be found on the Ask Herts website.

Non-students in the property

If you live in a property with anyone who is not a student, a Council Tax bill will be sent to the property. Non-students are required to pay Council Tax and will be responsible for payment. If you are the only non-student living in the property, you can apply for a discount.

Apply for a student or student nurse discount