A property where a diplomat is liable to pay the Council Tax is exempt. If the diplomat lives with another person who is liable to pay Council Tax, the diplomat is disregarded.

A diplomat is defined as a person:

  • on whom privileges and immunities are conferred by the Diplomatic Privileges Act 1964
  • on whom privileges and immunities are conferred by the Commonwealth Secretariat Act 1966
  • on whom privileges and immunities are conferred by the Consular Relations Act 1968
  • who is within a class of persons mentioned in relation to any organisation specified in an order in Council made under the International Organisations Act 1968
  • on whom privileges and immunities are conferred by the Commonwealth Countries and Republic of Ireland (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1985
  • is the head of any office described in the Hong Kong Economic Trade Act 1966

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.

If you would like to tell us about a change in circumstance that means you no longer qualify for a discount or exemption, please see our change in circumstances form

To apply please complete the form below.  If you are unable to use this form, please see our Contact Us (this link opens in a new window) for ways of getting in touch

Red asterisk denotes a required answer.

Contact Details of liable person


Category of discount requested


Details of person to be disregarded

Please outline how you feel you satisfy the requirements for this discount


Name & Relationship of Person completing the form

WARNING - It is a criminal offence for a ratepayer to give false information when making an application related to Council Tax or Business Rates

I confirm that all the details above are correct and I will contact the Council immediately of any changes

I can confirm that I am the only resident over 18 years of age in the dwelling

I will inform the Council as soon as there is any change in my circumstances which could affect my Council Tax Discount. If I fail to do so, I may be liable to a £70 penalty.

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