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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Council tax discount for people in prison or detention

People in prison or detention do not pay council tax.

To apply for an in prison / detention council tax discount, download and complete the form below:

Icon for pdf Prisoners and people in detention council tax discount form (PDF, 165.2kb)

Usually people in prison or in some other form of detention are no longer the sole or main resident in a dwelling and are ignored for the purposes of a discount. Homes left empty by someone in detention are exempt from council tax. However, if the period of detention is short, the person is still considered to mainly occupy the dwelling and a disregard applies where the person is:

  • detained under deportation provisions of the Immigration Act 1971
  • detained in a prison, a hospital or other place by a court
  • detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 (1984 Scotland)
  • imprisoned, detained or in custody (but not in custody under open arrest for the purposes of the Queen's Regulations) for more than 48 hours under the Army Act 1955, Air force Act 1955, or the Naval Discipline Act 1957.

People in police custody before their first court appearance, or detained for non-payment of council tax or non-payment of a fine are not treated as being detained for discount purposes.

Changes in circumstances

You must notify us if your circumstances change. Failure to do so could result in financial penalties. See our Report changes affecting your council tax page for more information.

Contact us
Council tax
03000 26 4000
Our address is:
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • PO Box 238
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 1FP
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