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Members of Visiting Forces (and certain other organisations)

Information on discounts for Members of Visiting Forces and Members of International HQs and Defence Organisations.

Members of Visiting Forces

A person is disregarded for Council Tax purposes if that person is associated, within the meaning of the Visiting Forces Act 1952, with a body, contingent or detachment of the forces of a country, to which the Act applies. 

A person has a relevant association with a visiting force if he or she is:

  • a member of that force, or a member of a civilian component of the force or
  • a dependant of a member, provided that the dependant is not a British citizen or is not ordinarily resident in the UK.

If any person who would be liable to pay the Council Tax is a person associated with a visiting force, the property is exempt, even though other people may also live there. 

This disregard applies where the person associated with the visiting force is not a liable person for Council Tax (for example, where a member of a visiting force is lodging in a property). 

Members of International HQs and Defence Organisations

A person is disregarded for Council Tax if they are a member, or a dependant of a member, of an international headquarters or defence organisation. 

The organisations concerned are those currently designated by an Order in Council under the International Headquarters and Defence Organisations Act 1964.

The council will periodically carry out a review of discounts and may send you a form to confirm whether it still applies. If you do not return the form your discount may be cancelled. 

Please note: Failing to supply information or supplying false information could result in a penalty of £70 being applied to your account for each year of the failure to notify.

To apply please complete the form below:

  1. Application for a Person to be Disregarded for Discount Purposes
  2. Declaration
    1. Declaration
      1. WARNING - It is a criminal offence for a ratepayer to give false information when making an application related to Council Tax or Business Rates
  3. Data Protection Clause
    1. For the purposes of current data protection laws the information you supply the Council as part of your application will be used for the purposes of dealing with your request and retained as per our published corporate data protection privacy policy which can be found on the East Herts District Council Data Protection page (this link opens in a new window).

      From time to time this information may be shared with other Council departments and / or outside partners to process your request as effectively as possible. Please confirm you have read the above privacy notice
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