Council tax - report a bereavement

Use this form to report the death of someone at a property:

  • whether or not the person who has passed away is liable for council tax
  • whether you are liable for council tax at the address, or a third party

It's important to report a bereavement at an address as we may need to update our records regarding the council tax details at the property.

If you prefer, you can use the Tell Us Once bereavement service, which is provided by the Department for Work and Pensions, to report a death to multiple local and central government services. This can be helpful to reduce ‘paperwork’ when you’re coping with the emotional difficulties of bereavement.


Completing this form

Please be aware that our system will 'time out' after 10 minutes. It is not possible to save partially completed forms, nor to retrieve information if the time out period is reached.

In order to complete the form you'll need to provide:

  • the full name and address of the party who has passed away
  • date of death
  • whether they owned or rented the property
  • executor/solicitor details (if known)
  • new liable party/occupant details (if known)
  • the name and contact details of the person reporting the death

We strongly suggest that you gather the required information before starting this form so that you can locate it easily, and within the time limit. It is not possible to save partially completed forms, nor to retrieve information if the time out period is reached.


Your privacy and security

Please do not use this form to send anything of a confidential nature, for example your credit card or bank details.

We do not rent, sell or trade your personal information; please see our privacy statement and data protection policy.

Any personal information provided will be kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. If the council receives an enquiry under the Freedom of Information Act, then we will only disclose information we have been provided with in accordance with the relevant legislation.


Council Tax
West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA
Telephone: 01904 551558
Email: council.tax@york.gov.uk