Single occupancy discount

You may be able to get a 25% discount on your Council Tax bill if you are the only adult living on a property. An adult is a person aged 18 or over.

To qualify for a discount you must already have registered with us to let us know that you live in Edinburgh.

Apply for a single occupancy discount

How to cancel your single occupancy discount

If you need to cancel a single occupancy discount you must email

You must include the following in your email

  • Council Tax account number.  You can find this 11-digit number on your bill. It starts with 9 and the last 2 digits should match the financial year for example '22' for 2022/ 2023. 
  • property address
  • account holder hame
  • date new person moved in
  • name of a new household member
  • if they previously lived in Edinburgh (and were listed as a liable party) please provide that address 
  • if the new household member is a 
    • joint tenant
    • partner or spouse
  • if you need to cancel as your child has turned 18 please provide their name and date of birth.

Not registered with Council

Tell us that you have moved into or within Edinburgh, to register and apply for the discount at the same time. 

Tell us you are moving into or within Edinburgh

This discount reduces your Council Tax, water and sewerage charges.

Single occupancy discount review

Annually, the Council undertakes a review to ensure residents who claim a single occupancy discount on their Council Tax continue to have a genuine entitlement to it.

The City of Edinburgh Council in partnership with NEC Software Solutions is undertaking an evidence based single occupancy discount review. This uses a combination of information held by the Council, third-party data sources and specialist validation services. This will help to

  • remove ineligible claims
  • ensure that those who are entitled to the discount continue to receive it
  • keep Council Tax as low as possible for all Council Tax payers and help to protect services in a difficult financial climate.

If you have received a review form, please return this promptly to secure your discount. Alternatively, reply easily online by following the instructions on the Single Person Discount Review online service

Download the single occupancy discount frequently asked questions (PDF)