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Diplomats Discounts/Exemptions


Frequently Asked Questions


The full council tax bill assumes that there are 2 adults residing in a dwelling. However, for council tax purposes certain people will not be counted when looking at the number of adults.


How is a dwelling occupied by a Diplomat defined?

With effect from 1st April 1997 a dwelling is exempt if it is the main residence in the United Kingdom of at least one person on whom privileges and immunities are conferred by;

  • Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964
  • Commonwealth Secretariat Act 1966
  • Consular Relations Act 1968
  • Commonwealth Countries and Republic of Ireland Order 1985

This also extends to a person within a class mentioned, in relation to a specified organisation, in the International Organisations Act 1968, or who is the head of an office established as described in the Hong Kong Economic Trade Act 1966.

What are the conditions under which a Diplomat may be disregarded?

That person must not be any of the following;

  • A British Subject
  • A British Citizen
  • A British Dependant Territories Citizen
  • A British National (overseas)
  • A British Overseas Citizen
  • A British Protected person; or
  • A permanent resident in the United Kingdom

and;

must be a person who would have been liable for Council Tax if it were not for the exemption

What if the property is not occupied solely by Diplomats?

If there is a resident with an interest in the property, which is superior in terms of the hierarchy of liability to that of the Diplomat,or other person concerned the exemption does not apply.

Would I qualify for a discount?

If there are only 2 people over the age of 18 residing in the property, one of which is not a diplomat you may qualify.

Do I have to provide evidence of my employment?

No. We will contact the Embassy or Consulate on your behalf.

How do I apply?

Complete this Council Tax Discount - Diplomats Form (0.73MB) Once it has been assessed you will be notified of our decision.

For how long will the discount be allowed?

For as long as there are less than two adults in the property who are not disregarded. If there is any change in circumstances then you must notify us. Failure to do so may result in a penalty being imposed.

Who to contact

If you live in Ashton or Mossley:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2015 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Ashton/Mossley Council Tax Team

If you live in Denton or Dukinfield:
Telephone Number 0161342 2099 Fax Number 0161 342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Denton/Dukinfield Council Tax Team

If you live in Audenshaw, Hyde or Longdendale:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2065 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Audenshaw/Hyde/Longdendale Council Tax Team

If you live in Droylsden or Stalybridge:
Telephone Number 0161 342 2080 Fax Number 0161342 2012 Send Electronic Message Send a Message to Droylsden/Stalybridge Council Tax Team

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