Diplomats and Armed Forces discounts and exemptions

Council tax discount for diplomats and visiting forces

You are not liable to pay council tax if you are a:

  • diplomat
  • member of a visiting Armed Force
  • member, or dependant of a member, of certain international headquarters and defence organisations

If another adult lives in your property who pays council tax they may qualify for a discount.

Apply for a discount for diplomats and visiting forces

To apply for the discount you will need to:

  • Download and complete the application form.
  • Scan the completed application form using either a scanner or taking a picture of it using your mobile phone.
  • Attach the form and supporting documents to the evidence upload form.


Supporting documents

You will need to provide the following documents to support your application:

  • A letter from bureau or a certificate issued under Section 11 of the Visiting Forces Act 1952.
  • TX19 from Foreign and Commonwealth Office for Diplomats