Alert Section

Latest News

Council Tax Premium Scheme

Published: 17/02/2016

From April 2017, councils in Wales will have the discretion to charge up to a 100% council tax premium on long term empty properties and second homes. The introduction of a premium is designed to encourage owners to bring these properties back into full use to address local housing need, support the increase of affordable housing for purchase or let and enhance the appearance of local communities. Flintshire County Council is currently considering the introduction a 50% Council Tax premium on second homes and for long term empty properties that have been left empty for a period of 12 months or more. Residents can be assured of safeguards designed to help those who may be finding it difficult to bring properties back into use. For example, owners may be entitled to a 12 month exemption from the premium if their property is being marketed for sale or let. The Council is in the process of approving the scheme and the views of residents is an important part of the decision making process. Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council said:The introduction of this scheme goes some way to ensure the local taxation system is used to encourage owners to bring empty properties back into use and to increase the supply of housing in our communities. We currently have around 888 long term empty homes so it’s important to get feedback from residents and communities. I would encourage residents to comment on our proposals by 26 February 2016. Residents can respond to the consultation by submitting comments via e-mail at If residents want any more information about the Council Tax Premium scheme the Council Tax service can be contacted on 01352 704848.