When a property has been repossessed, the defaulting borrower(s) remain responsible for the Council Tax until such time as the property is sold. However, exemption may be awarded from the date the property has been repossessed.
You will be required to provide evidence to show this e.g. the date of repossession and the name and address of the compa...
Contains information on Affordable housing, Low Cost Initiative for First Time Buyers (LIFT), Low cost homes for sale, Shared Ownership, Buying an existing property, Buying a new build property, Building your own property, Aberdeenshire and Moray Mid Market Tenure system.
Contains information on Planning Applications, Plans and Policies, Building warrant, Property Enquiries, Masterplans, Contact Planning team, View planning applications.
Contains information on Keeping a pet, Sub-letting your property, Running a business or working from home, What you can do with the property, Doing alterations or improvements to your property, Gardens, Sheds and garages, Garages or sites you can rent, Allotments, Types of tenancy agreement, Joint tenancy, Tenancy succession and assignation, Length of tenancy, Change of circumstances, Tenants handbook, Ending your tenancy.
Pay your Council Tax online, set up Direct Debit, find other ways of paying Council Tax, view information on your bill, who has responsibility for paying and what to do if you are having difficulties making payments.
Contains information on Available property, Business rates, Health and safety, Procurement, Support and advice, Trading standards, Aberdeen City Region Deal, Apply for a licence or permit, Register food business.
Find out how to pay Council Tax, report a change in circumstances, how to appeal against Council Tax charge or valuation band, view Council Tax bands, Council Tax exemptions and discounts, details on how to contact Council Tax team.
Contains information on Housing options, Private housing, Tenant information, Homelessness, Find your local Housing office, Apply for housing, Affordable housing, Pay your housing rent, Housing policies and strategies, Gypsy/Travellers.
Contains information on Your rent, How your rent is set, How and where you can pay your rent, Your rent card, What to do if your rent is based on the wrong characteristics, Improvements to your property, Other charges, Rent arrears, Legal actions for non-payment of rent, Former Tenant arrears, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Home contents insurance, Universal Credit.
Contains information on Benefits and grants, Request private water supply sample, Hire Minibus, Business, Register for Music Tuition, Freedom of Information, Request a bulky waste collection, Lost library PIN, Request childcare training.
You can contact staff dealing with a property, request a schedule of particulars or send in a noted interest by selecting the appropriate links on this site or by contacting us by post or telephone at:
John Gahagan - Estates Manager
Business Service (Property)Aberdeenshire CouncilWoodhill House, Westburn RoadAberdeen AB16 5GB
Telephone: 01467 53750...
Person(s) named on the Council Tax Bill
The person or people named on the front of the bill is/are responsible for paying the Council Tax for the property. This will be the person who falls into the first category that applies in the following list:
Resident owner - someone who owns the property and lives in it
Resident tenant - someone who re...
You must continue to pay your Council Tax while your appeal is being considered
Council Tax Appeals
You may appeal about the following Council Tax matters:
If we are charging you Council Tax and you do not think that you are the person who should pay
If you think you should get a discount and we are not giving you one, or we are not giving you the...
What is shared ownership and how does it work?
Who is eligible for shared ownership?
What if I want to sell my shared ownership property?
Where can I get more information on shared ownership?
What is shared ownership and how does it work?
Shared ownership is a scheme where applicants part-buy and part-rent a property from...
Flooding can have a devastating effect on people, property, businesses and land. The leaflet below provides guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the different organisations involved in managing and responding to flooding in Aberdeenshire. It also provides advice on what property owners should do to reduce their own flood risk and who to co...
Some households are entitled to a reduction in their Council Tax based on the personal circumstances of the residents or the condition of the property.
If you are having difficulty or would like advice on completing application forms please contact your Council Tax Team
Empty and Unfurnished/Long Term Empty
Moving within Aberdeenshire
Complete an online Moving within Aberdeenshire form if:
You are moving or have moved within the Aberdeenshire area
You have moved from one property to another within Aberdeenshire and are keeping the second property to rent out or use as a second (holiday) home
You currently reside within Aberdeenshire and have bought a...
Exemption from Council Tax will be awarded where a property is solely occupied by person(s) whose sole or main residence is in the dwelling and are under the age of 18.
In such cases, there is no liability for Council Tax at the property by these person(s). The exemption will remain until one of the residents becomes 18 years of age.
If another p...
Notifying a Change of Ratepayer
If you are to become responsible, or are no longer responsible for a Business Rates subject within the Aberdeenshire area, or if you are a landlord of a property and want to report a tenant either moving into, or out of, a property you rent out, tell us of the change by:
Completing the online Change of Ratepayer ...
All private landlords are legally required to be registered with their local authority. The landlord needs provide personal details, a list of all let properties and the name and address of any letting agent used. Letting agents are not obliged to register separately, but are encouraged to do so.
You can apply online. The registration fee is 55, pl...
Where you own or rent a property but live in another property due to reasons of your employment, you may apply for a discount where the following conditions are met:
Where it is necessary for the proper performance of the duties of the employment that the employee should reside in that dwelling
Where the dwelling is provided for the better perform...
We offer various business rate reductions and rate reliefs:
Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS)
Empty property relief
Renewable energy producers relief
Fresh start relief
New start relief
Local revaluation relief scheme
Small Business Bonus Scheme (SBBS)
A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is a property occupied by three or more persons, from different families, who share facilities such as kitchens or bathrooms.
The owner of the house is required by law to have an HMO licence from the local authority. The licence aims to make sure the property is safe, well managed and of good quality.
If a member of your household is a Student, we may be able to give you a student discount on your Council Tax.
To qualify you must be a 'full time' student studying at a recognised educational establishment. You must provide evidence to show this.
Under certain circumstances students may be exempt from paying Council Tax.
Council Tax bills are calculated on the basis of two adults living in a household. (An adult is a person aged 18 or over).
If you are the sole occupier of the property, a single person discount of 25% may be applicable on your Council Tax bill.
To apply for a single person discount, please complete the form below.
Application for Single Person...
Depending on the valuation band of the house you are moving in to, you may pay less Council Tax. Please tell us as soon as possible so that we can send you a correct bill, or issue a refund if you have overpaid.
The sooner you tell us about moving, the more time you have to pay your bill
When moving you can either contact your Council Tax Team to...
Is Someone Benefitting at Your Expense?
Do you know someone:
who is working but claiming to be unemployed?
not living in a property but claiming rent for it?
living with someone else but claiming to be on their own?
If so, please contact the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 854 4400. Lines are open Monday - Friday from 8am to 6pm.
You can a...
Your Council Tax bill will show details such as, your current method of payment, the amount of each instalment and the due date by which it must reach us.
Our full explanation of your Council Tax Bill below will help you to understand it better.
Select or click on the various parts of the form to find out more information about your Council Tax bil...
Graffiti can be offensive, cause damage to property and can make our communities look untidy and uncared for.
Whilst the Council has powers to enforce graffiti removal on certain organisations including education buildings and transport operators, partner organisations recognise that the owners of such property are also the victims of antisocial be...
Caravans (touring and static) are included on the Council Tax Valuation List by the Assessor where they are considered to be a person's sole or main residence.
A caravan which is no longer a person's sole or main residence and is not being used as a second home may be entitled to a reduction in Council Tax.
When a caravan becomes unoccupied, 100%...
You must continue to pay your Business Rates while your appeal is being considered
Business Rates Appeals
You may appeal about the following Business Rates matters:
If we are charging you Business Rates and you do not think that you are the person who should pay
If you think you should get a discount and we are not giving you one, or we are not gi...
Aberdeenshire Care and Repair provides a free service offering information, advice and help with repairs, maintenance and adaptations to Aberdeenshire owner occupiers and private landlords’ tenants who are over 60 and/or have a disability.
Information, advice and practical help
We can help homeowners by providing:
advice and information on practic...
Leaflets on a number of topics have been prepared by Aberdeenshire Council to assist businesses comply with the law. These are listed below.
There is further guidance available via the Trading Standards Companion Website
Unfair terms in Consumer Contracts
These short, animated videos will help businesses understand more about the law on using un...
You are free to plant and cultivate the garden. If you have exclusive use of a garden you need to maintain it in a reasonable condition.
You need to write to your local Housing office if you want to install:
paving or crazy paving
If you want to remove, destroy, or chop down any bushes, hedges or trees you must get our writ...
What is Fly-tipping?
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land, often seen in lay-bys, country lanes, fields or woodland. Please be aware that it is the householders responsibility to ensure that any waste produced on the property is only taken away by someone who is a registered waste carrier. This may be relevant if a householder uses ...
What is Council Tax?
Council Tax is a form of local taxation in which householders make contributions towards Council funding, to enable us to provide services to the community.
What Council Tax contributes towards
Your Council Tax contributes towards the costs of Council services, including Education, Roads, Social Work and many other services pro...
Where a property you own or rent is not occupied as your main residence but is used as a second home (e.g. Holiday Home, to live closer to work etc.) in an intermittent way, a discount may be applicable.
Council Tax legislation defines a second home as 'a dwelling which is no one's sole or main residence, but which is furnished and in respect of wh...
The 2016-17 Budget Savings were debated by Councillors on 11 February 2016. The Equality Impact Assessments for 2016 / 17 savings proposals were prepared and are available below.
Alternative Service Delivery
Better Use of Systems and Technology
CLD Strategic Review
CPD Learning and Development
Early Learning and Childcare Staffing
You can report a litter or rubbish problems such as:
Discarded needles and syringes
Discarded needles and syringes
We are unable to remove discarded needles or syringes from private land or from within someone’s property.
Contact Wasteline if you find a discarded needle or syringe in a public pl...
We offer a range of recycling bins and containers. If you don't have space for wheeled bins, you can request to use the kerbside refuse and recycling bag collection service.
You can request recycling bins and containers for free. You can also get a black refuse bin for a fee.
You can request one or more containers, for mixed dry...
If you need to report a non-emergency council house repair please use our online form.
If you are in sheltered housing accommodation your Sheltered Housing Officer can help you to arrange repairs.
Requesting a repair
When requesting a repair you should:
Arrange a time when it is convenient for you to be at home
Provide a contact numbe...
Owning a dog is a large responsibility - not only within your home but also when you are outside walking your dog. Download our Responsible Ownership Leaflet
Dogs and the Law
Never allow your dog to stray. You or another responsible person must always be with your dog when it is in a public place. Dogs may be prohibited from certain recreational ...
Bridge Street CARS commenced in 2014 and will complete in March 2019. A grant of £500,000 is available to the Council, provided by Scottish Ministers via Historic Scotland. This will assist the conservation and restoration of property in Bridge Street and help enhance and preserve the character and quality of its built heritage.
Five major conser...
What is Business Rates -
Business Rates, or Non Domestic Rates, is a form of local taxation in which owners, tenants or occupiers of Non-Domestic subjects make contributions towards Council funding, to enable us to provide services to the community.
Business Rates Charges for 2017/18
The amount you pay is calculated by multiplying the Rateable Valu...
The prime responsibility for the protection of properties against damage by flooding rests with the owner of the property. Though it will not always be possible to prevent flooding, there are products on the market which can be purchased to help reduce the risk of damage. Aberdeenshire Council retains a stock of a small selection of these products ...
Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES)
CARES stands for Community and Renewable Energy Scheme and is the Scottish Government's rebranding of the previous ScottishCommunity and Householder Renewables Initiative (SCHRI) programme.
Community Energy Scotland were awarded the contract to deliver CARES across the whole of Scotland on behalf of ...
Noise from neighbours is a common source of disturbance. The most frequent complaints are about loud music or TV, shouting, banging doors and DIY activities. Remember that no house or flat is totally soundproof, and gardens and garages can be particularly noisy. You could be disturbed for the following reasons:
The neighbours are ...
You can pay your Council Tax by:
Over the phone
At a Collection Office
At a Post Office
In a Lump Sum
Setting up Direct Debit
Discover the benefits of paying by Direct Debit - simply fill in our online Direct Debit form and we will do the rest.
Setting up a Direct Debit could not be easier. You can now sim...
Confused by your Business Rates Bill?
Your Business Rates Bill will show details such as, your current method of payment, the amount of each instalment and the due date by which it must reach us.
Our full explanation of your Business Rates Bill below will help you to understand it better.
Select or click on the various parts of the form to find ...
If you are a landlord (either a private landlord or a registered social landlord) or creditor (mortgage holder) you are legally required to tell us when you start taking court action that could result in making someone homeless. By giving us this early warning, you can help us to take action to prevent homelessness.
Section 11 of the Homelessness ...
Biomass, also known as bioenergy, biofuel or wood fuel, is quickly becoming one of the most cost effective renewable energy options; projects have been developed in schools, heating systems, hotels and greenhouse systems. Biomass refers to recently living dead biological material that can be used as fuel or for industrial production. It most comm...
The Town of Banff was confirmed by King Robert II as a Royal Burgh in 1372 and is considered to be the finest small Burgh in Scotland. Established in the 12th Century, it holds a historically important position on the main East-West route from Aberdeen to Inverness, and is one of Scotland’s ‘first generation’ of medieval towns which has until now ...
Small Grants Scheme - what it is
Banff Townscape Heritage Initiative Area - map showing location
Small Grants Scheme
As part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative, a Small Grants Scheme was created with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The Small Grants Scheme ran between 2008 and 2011. All available funds were committed. We r...
Once building work is complete you need to notify us so that we can perform a final inspection and issue you with your completion certificate. Find out more about the completion process:
Applying for a completion certificate
Apply for a completion certificate
Once building work is complete you can apply fo...
Residents Permits are available to those whose main residence is in an approved zone, subject to certain conditions. The permit allows residents living next to or in close proximity to a Council operated car park to park within the specified car park. Holders of a valid resident’s permit do not require to purchase a pay and display ticket when park...
If you are of working age and claiming benefits you may be affected by changes taking place as a result of Welfare Reform. This page provides you with some key facts about some of the changes.
Universal Credit is a new benefit for people who are looking for work or on a low income. It will replace many existing benefits with a si...
Light pollution can be deemed to be a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990
The best method of dealing with light pollution is at the planning stage. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have concerns about lighting in a new development.
If you have a problem with light pollution contact us and officer will deal wi...
What is Listing?
Listing is the recognition through the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 that a building or structure is of "special" interest. Historic Scotland lists buildings on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
Further detailed information on all aspects of The List and Listed Buildings can be found on Historic ...
This design award category focuses on the re-use of existing building stock. The scheme will either demonstrate exceptional standards in the field of conservation or deliver an appropriate new use for a previously underutilised structure. It should also facilitate new life into the property whilst retaining its character and interest.
Since local government reorganisation in 1996, the historic documents of Aberdeenshire Council along with some for the Moray Council have been administered by Aberdeen City Council. The records include those of the former counties of Aberdeen, Kincardine, Banff and Moray up to 1975 and Grampian Region from 1975 to 1996. From 1996 the holdings inclu...
The arrival of winter can bring a number of challenges for individuals and communities. Darker nights, bad weather and illness can all cause disruption, but there are some simple steps all of us can take to be best prepared for the season.
Is your home ready for winter? Any odd jobs and basic repairs are best completed before the wea...
A window cleaner licence is required to operate as a window cleaner either on your own account or as an employee of a window cleaning business, within Aberdeenshire.
We may impose conditions (pdf 53KB) on the licence, including conditions fixing the days and hours of working.
You must be a fit and proper person and not be disqualified fr...
Your Business Rates Bill will show your current method of payment, the amount of each instalment and the due date by which each payment must reach us.
Each year payment of Business Rates is required to be made over ten monthly instalments, starting in May and finishing in February of the following year.
Payments are due on the 21st of each month.
We offer a range of online services from automatic alerts for jobs through to school meal payments. These can all be accessed by signing in to myAberdeenshire, powered by myaccount:
What is it?
Available now and next
What is it?
It is a simple, secure way to access a range of Scottish public services online using jus...
Scheme of assistance
We have produced a scheme of assistance for private homeowners and tenants of private sector landlords. Section 72 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 requires all local authorities to produce a scheme of assistance for private homeowners and tenants. It sets out the circumstances in which we will provide information, advice, an...
Ask yourself this question: "Is it possible to continue to do what I am doing in the long term?" If the answer is ‘no’, then what you are doing is not sustainable.
Something is sustainable if doing it now does not make it more difficult or impossible to do it in the future.
We all need to play our part in making the best use of the planet’s resou...
Do I Need Planning Permission
What is a Certificate of Lawfulness
Making a Planning Application
Categories of Development
Scheme of Delegation
Request to Speak at Committee
Local Review Body
Making a comment on a planning application
Model Planning Conditions
Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS)
Conditions of Contracting with the Council The Council have terms and conditions that suppliers are required to adhere to when they deal with the Council. Where there are larger value contracts that deal with particular goods, works or services specific bespoke terms and conditions may be issued with tender documents for these. However, attached...
An odour can be defined as a smell that is detectable. People have different abilities and tolerances of odours, and as such, we are faced with an often difficult task of establishing whether the odour is bad enough to cause a 'nuisance' or simply causes annoyance.
There are no laws that relate specifically to odour, nor is there a fixed level whic...
Trees are a vital component of our landscape, enhancing the environment of our towns and villages and making a positive contribution to the quality of life. In certain situations they are protected by legislation. Trees can help integrate new development into its setting, but they can easily be lost or damaged through lack of consideration while th...
This page contains the following information: - 1. Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) 2. Justification statements explaining why an EIA is not required
If the document opens with a Committee Report, please refer to section three 'Equalities, Staffing and Financial Implications'. This will detail whether an Equality Impact Assessment has been carr...
Frequently Asked Questions
Downloadable Application Form
On 1 April 2014 a new Act aimed at resolving disputes between neighbours over the size of garden hedges came into effect. The legislation is intended to provide a solution to problems caused by hedges which grow over two metres tall, and block out light. The legislation gives homeowners and...
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Get Safe Online
Get Safe Online recently launched A Rough Guide to Online Safety. This is a joint initiative between the Government, law enforcement, leading businesses and the public sector. The aim is to provide computer users and small businesses with free, indep...
Contracts Register and Information
Contracts RegisterAberdeenshire Council in accordance with Section 35 of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 have a legal obligation to publish a Contracts Register as a statement of current and future opportunities.
Aberdeenshire Council's Contracts Register is based on information and supporting documenta...
A street trader licence is needed by any person who carries on street trading, to any person in a public place in or from a vehicle, kiosk or moveable stall, whether on their own account or as an employee. We may impose conditions on the licence.
You will not require a street trader licence for:
The sale of newspapers only
The sale of m...
Follow us on Twitter @AberdeenshireTS for all the latest scam alerts and news daily.
You can also visit www.businesscompanion.info for some detailed guidance on the legislation which has been prepared by The Chartered Trading Standards Institute.
In April 2016 the proprietor of a local landscape gardening business gave assurances to A...
Why is the Scheme Needed?
Major flooding events over the last century have significantly impacted local residences and businesses within lower reach of the River Carron, Stonehaven. Major flooding events have occurred in Stonehaven over many years, most recently 1988, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2012 which have caused the evacuation of nearby ...