Council tax

Information about council tax and council tax exemption

Living in Birmingham? Act now!

WarningIf you live in Birmingham and receive a letter regarding Council Tax payment, it is important that you contact Birmingham City Council directly. You should act immediately and call them as soon as possible on 0121 303 1113. 

Students and council tax

Council Tax is a charge on households and helps to pay for services provided by local authorities. Full-time students living in University halls of residence are automatically exempt from paying this charge. Most full-time students living in private accommodation will also be exempt, but you must apply for this exemption – it is not automatic! 

It is also essential that you understand the criteria by which council tax discounts are granted and do not assume that you automatically qualify for exemption, so please ensure that you read the following links carefully:

Self-exemption forms

Birmingham City Council no longer require a self-exemption form to be completed - instead, you need to apply for your exemption by phone. More information is included in the guidance notes above, or on the quick view information sheet below:

If you live outside of Birmingham, please contact your council directly to ask them about their exemption procedures.

Contacting your council

If you need to contact your local council you will be able to find their details on the Directgov Local Council Directory.

Can't find what you're looking for?

If your query regarding Council Tax has not been answered above, please submit an Online Enquiry including as much information as you can to enable us to help you as swiftly as possible.

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