Members of Religious Communities

You may be disregarded for Council Tax purposes if you're a member of a religious community.

In order to qualify the principal occupation of the religious community should consist of:

  • prayer
  • contemplation
  • education
  • the relief of suffering
  • or any combination of the above, and
  • has no income of capital of his own, (disregarding any income by way of a pension in respect of former employment) and
  • is dependent on the community to provide for his material needs.

This class could include monks and nuns living in a monastery or a convent but also includes members of any religion living in a religious community.

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:

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