Members of visiting defence forces

We base a full Council Tax bill on at least two adults living in a home.

If you live with someone who does not count as an adult, you can get a discount on your bill. You can find more information about who counts as an adult for Council Tax on GOV.UK.

Download Council Tax disregard form

We do not count anyone as an adult who has a relevant association with a visiting force.

A visiting force is anybody, contingent or detachment of the forces of a country to which the Visiting Forces Act 1952 applies.

A relevant association is one of:

  • being a member of that visiting force or a member of a civilian component of that force,
  • being a person, not a citizen of the United Kingdom or
  • ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, but being a dependant of a member of that visiting force
  • of a civilian component of that force

To apply for a Council Tax disregard discount for a members of visiting defence forces you will need:

  • your Council Tax account number
  • your name, address and contact details
  • to tell us which country the visting force is from

After we receive your application

Once we have received your application, we will decide:

  • if your should receive a discount and send you a new bill
  • or tell you why you won’t receive a discount and write to you to explain why

False information

When you submit your application for discount you declare that the inforation you have given is true to the best of your knowledge.

We will take action wher we believe that you have knowingly supplied false information to obtain a financial benefit to which a person is not entitled.

Change in circumstance

You should contact us immediately if your circumstances change in a way that may alter your entitlement to this discount.

Appeal against our decision

If you disagree with our decision about your application for discount, you can read our page on how to appeal your Council Tax bill.

Council Tax

Address: Causeway House,
Bocking End,
Braintree,
Essex,
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 557755