Apply for an apprentice Council Tax exemption

If you are an apprentice working in Birmingham, you are exempt from paying Council Tax.

How to qualify

An apprentice can be classed as someone aged 16 or older, not in full-time education and who is working in a role that combines practical work experience with study. People on certain apprenticeship schemes in England do not have to pay Council Tax.

To qualify for an exemption, you must be aged 16 or older, living in Birmingham and taking an apprenticeship.

You will also need to have a declaration from your employer saying that:

  • you are not being paid more than £195 a week
  • your training leads to a qualification accredited by a body recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)

If you live with someone who is an apprentice

If you have someone living with you in your property who is an apprentice, you may be able to get a 25% discount on your Council Tax bill.

If you and everyone else who is living in your property are also disregarded in the Council Tax calculation, you could get a 50% discount.

How to apply

To apply for an exemption, complete our application form.

What happens next

Once we have reviewed your application, we will contact you to let you know if you have been approved. This may take up to 10 working days.

We may also ask to check details, such as confirmation of your course and how much you are being paid.

Page last updated: 6 October 2023

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