Council tax exemption – students

In terms of schedule 11 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, and the Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) Scotland Order 1997 (as amended), a dwelling house may be exempt from Council Tax if it falls within the category shown below.

Occupied house where the sole occupier or all occupiers are students, or student(s) and spouse/dependant is prevented from taking paid employment/claiming benefit.


1. A person taking a specified course of education at a UK university or further educational establishment which lasts for at least 24 weeks within each academic year and where the period of study consists of an average of at least 21 hours per week.

2. A person, aged under 20, taking a specified course of education at an educational establishment where the period of study exceeds, on average, 12 hours per week and the course taken is not as a consequence of an office or employment held, nor arranged under any of the youth training schemes.

3. A person registered with the Central Bureau for Education Visits and Exchanges and working as a foreign language assistant at a school or other educational institution in Great Britain.

I consider exemption should apply

I declare that the information on this form is true and complete and I authorise Argyll & Bute Council to verify the details. If Exempt status no longer applies to this property I undertake to notify Argyll & Bute Council within 21 days of this occurring. I understand that failure to provide this information is an offence which may make me liable for an initial find of £50 and £200 on repeated failure to do so.


 I apply for property exemption on the basis that

meets the qualifying conditions above under paragraph 1,2 or 3
Select the relevant paragraph
Other residents

Please list the names of all other resident adults


Please supply a letter on headed paper from your educational establishment confirming the above details are correct. The application will not be accepted unless a letter is supplied

Attach documents
Please attach the necessary documents as required. If you are submitting documents electronically then please do so with a file size no more that 8Mb.
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Data Protection Fair Processing Notice

Argyll and Bute Council, or their agents, will hold information supplied in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998, we will use the information you have supplied primarily for the collection and administration of tax. The information may also be used for other legitimate purposes e.g. housing and council tax benefit administration or private landlord registration. This information may also be shared with other Councils, governmental and quasi-governmental bodies. By completing and submitting this form you consent to the use of your personal data including, where appropriate, sensitive personal data. You have a right to apply for a copy of the information we hold about you, and to have any inaccuracies corrected. The set fee (where applicable) will be charged. Should you wish to exercise this right, your request must be made in writing to the Data Protection Officer, Argyll & Bute Council, Kilmory, Lochgilphead, PA31 8RT.

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