Council Tax Discounts & Exemptions

A full council tax charge assumes there are two or more adults, aged 18 or over, living in a property as their main home.

If only one adult lives in a house and it is their sole or main residence, the charge may be reduced by 25%.

Some people may be disregarded in deciding the number of residents for council tax, for example, students or carers.

If you live in the parental home your parents should be liable for council tax and you need do nothing. However if you live with only one parent, and no other adults live there, your parent, carer or guardian should inform us as you will be eligible for a reduction in council tax liability of 25%.

If you live with a student and you are the only two adults in the property you may be eligible for a reduction of 25%. If however, you live with more than one adult non-student we will not reduce the liabillty.

You should note that responsibilty for council tax lies with the liable person. If you are the named tenant on the lease, then you are the liable person. This includes joint tenancies.

How to apply

You can now  apply for discounts or exemptions by signing in or registering for an account.  You will need details from your latest council tax bill to register.  If you have misplaced your bill, complete the online bill request form and we will send you the details you need to register. 

If you already manage your council tax account online why not login to fill in forms so you can keep a record of what you submit to us.

If you do not manage your account online, you can apply by clicking on the discount below.

Apprentice / Youth Trainee / Skillseeker


Child benefit / over 18

Disablement relief

Empty property   (find out about recent changes to Long Term Empty Property discounts)

Patient in hospital / residential home

Person in detention

School Leavers

Severely mentally impaired

Single person

Sole or main residence


Benefits and Council Tax Team, PO BOX 18015, Glenrothes, KY7 5YJ
Tel: 03451 55 11 55

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