Categories of empty properties

Property that is unoccupied and empty (substantially unfurnished) and undergoing or needing structural changes to make it habitable

We apply a 50% discount for the first 12 months, or up to 6 months after the work is completed for a maximum of 12 months.

When you apply, tell us:

  • the date the property became unfurnished and structural changes we needed
  • an address we can write to (not the address of the empty property)

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Property that is unoccupied and empty (substantially unfurnished)

The Class C discount, which replaces Class C exemption, means that councils in Dorset apply their own level of discount for empty properties.

Until 31 March 2019:
Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck apply a discount of 100% for 1 month
West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland apply a discount of 100% for 3 months

From 1 April 2019:
Dorset Council apply a discount of 100% for 1 month

The discount period will start from the date the property first became empty and unoccupied.
The discount period is not reset upon a change of ownership.

After one month there is no discount for empty, substantially unfurnished and unoccupied properties.

Full Council Tax is payable on empty properties and a premium might apply after a period of time.

If an empty discount period has been awarded, and then the property is occupied for less than 6 weeks; you can't re-claim a further empty discount period.

When you apply, tell us:

  • the date the property became unoccupied and unfurnished
  • an address we can write to (not the address of the empty property)

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Property that remains unoccupied and empty (substantially unfurnished for over 2 years)

Until 31 March 2019:
All councils in Dorset are charging a 50% premium on properties that have remained unoccupied and unfurnished for more than 2 years.

From 1 April 2019:
Dorset Council are charging a 100% premium (meaning the Council Tax is doubled) on properties that have remained unoccupied and unfurnished for more than 2 years.

From 1 April 2020:
An additional premium of 200% may apply to a property that has been unoccupied and unfurnished for a period between 5 and 10 years.

From 1 April 2021:
An additional premium of 300% may apply to a property that has been unoccupied and unfurnished for a period over 10 years.

Second homes

If your dwelling is a second home, meaning it is furnished and no-one's sole or main residence, no discount will apply.

Second homes such as job-related accommodation provided by an employer, a pitch occupied by a caravan or a mooring occupied by a boat are excepted. In such cases, a 50% discount may apply.

When you apply, tell us:

  • your property address
  • the date you want to claim from

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Annexes

If a single property includes more than one dwelling, for example an annexe, a 50% discount may apply if:

  • the dwelling is being used by a resident of the other dwelling(s) as part of the sole or main residence; or
  • the dwelling is the sole or main residence of a close relative of the person who is liable to pay Council Tax for the other dwelling(s)

The 50% discount can be applied in addition to other discounts.

When you apply, tell us:

  • your property address
  • the date you want to claim from

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Tell us the address of the property you are apply for.

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