Special discount for prisoners

Someone aged 18 or over who is on remand, in prison or in some other form of detention, is not counted for Council Tax purposes. This includes:

  • A person in prison, detention centre or hospital because of a court order, court sentence or the direction or warranty of a court in the UK or of an Armed Forces Standing Civilian Court
  • A person detained under the Immigration or Mental Health Acts
  • A person who has been temporarily released

It means you could get a discount on your Council Tax.

But you can't have a discount if:

  • there are still two or more people in the household over 18 who are counted for Council Tax purposes; or

  • the prisoner is in prison for non-payment of either Council Tax or a fine; or
  • the person is in police custody before their first court appearance.

Apply for a Prisoner Discount

Print off the pdf icon application form [83kb], fill it in and return it to us:

Email - scan it and send it to us at council.tax@torridge.gov.uk

Post it to the Council Tax Team, Riverbank House, Bideford, Devon, EX39 2QG


Can't print the form? Ring us on 01237 428900  and we'll send you one.

After you've applied for discount

You must still pay the amount on your Council Tax bill until you hear from us.


  • If you get the discount we will check every year that you're still entitled to it. Tell us if your circumstances change in the meantime as this may affect your discount. If you don't tell us you may have to pay a penalty.