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 application form, fill it in and return it to us:

Email - scan it and send it to us at

Post it to - Council Tax, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG

Can't print the form? Call us on 01225 47 77 77 (during office hours*) and we’ll send you one.

(*office hours are: Mon, Tues & Thurs 8:30am - 5.00pm, Weds 9:30am - 5:00pm and Fri 8:30am - 4:30pm)

After you've applied for the discount

You must continue to pay the instalments shown on your Council Tax bill until you hear from us.

We periodically check accounts that have been granted discounts and exemptions, and we reserve the right to use credit reference agencies to validate claims. If we contact you to review your discount and we don’t hear back from you, we will cancel it.

You must tell us if there is a change in your circumstances that may affect your discount. If you don't tell us you may have to pay a penalty.

If the property is left empty, you may be able to apply for an exemption from Council Tax.


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