Someone aged 18 or over who is a member of a religious community is not counted for Council Tax purposes.

They must have no income or capital of their own and they must be dependent on the religious community for support. We will ignore any pension from a former job.

Their religious community must be mainly involved in prayer, contemplation, the relief of suffering, education or any combination of these.

You could get a discount on your Council Tax bill if a member of a religious community lives with you but not if there are still two or more people in the household who are counted for Council Tax purposes.

Apply for a Member of a Religious Community Discount

Email your details to -

Write to - Council Tax, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG

Please include a letter from the head office of your religious community confirming that you fulfil the above criteria.

If you need more information, please contact us during office hours* on 01225 47 77 77.

(*office hours are: Mon, Tues & Thurs 8:30am - 5.00pm, Weds 9:30am - 5:00pm and Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm)

After you've applied for the discount

You must continue to pay the instalments shown on your Council Tax bill until you hear from us.

We periodically check accounts that have been granted discounts and exemptions, and we reserve the right to use credit reference agencies to validate claims. If we contact you to review your discount and we don’t hear back from you, we will cancel it.

You must tell us if there is a change in your circumstances that may affect your discount. If you don't tell us you may have to pay a penalty.

If the property is kept unoccupied because it has to be available for a minister of religion, you may be able to claim an exemption from Council Tax.


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