New builds and empty properties

Your property is a new build, how long will it take to be banded?

Firstly, your property has to be reported to the Listing Officer at the Valuation Office Agency. They will decide which valuation band your property is in and let us know.

While you are waiting for your property to be banded, if you know roughly how much your property is worth we can give you a reference number and estimate of charge - this will enable you to make some payments until the property is officially banded. Call us on 0345 8 504 504 for more information.

If you are waiting for a property to be banded, please contact:

The Valuation Office Agency
Listing Officer
Earle House
Colonial Street

Your property is empty, do you have to pay Council Tax?

Unoccupied and unfurnished properties

A 100 per cent discount applies for 1 month from the date a property becomes unoccupied and unfurnished. Thereafter the full Council Tax will be payable for up to two years. If the property remains empty for longer, the level of charge will then increase.

Once a property has been empty for over two years, a 'long term empty' premium will be applied. From 1 April 2019 this has been set at 100 per cent, so the rate of Council Tax payable is 200 per cent for properties empty longer than two years.

From 1 April 2019  a discretionary discount for new owners of properties subject to the long term empty premium has been introduced.

This reduction will remove the addition Empty Home Premium for a maximum period of three months from the date of purchase. This is designed to support new owners  by giving them time to improve the property so it can be re occupied.

Unoccupied but furnished properties

Properties that are furnished but not being used as anyone's sole or main residence is regarded as 'unoccupied but furnished'. There is no discount for an unoccupied but furnished property, so the full Council Tax is payable.

Empty homes review

We're reviewing empty homes in the district to make sure our records are up to date. If you own an empty property please click on the link below. To access your form you will need to enter your unique PIN number. You can find this PIN number on the letter we have sent you.

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