Persons in Detention

A person can be disregarded for Council Tax purposes if they are detained in a prison, hospital or any other place under a court order.

This can include:

  • detained under immigration controls
  • detained under the mental health acts
  • a member of the armed forces detained in accordance with armed forces legislation.

This disregard does not apply to persons in prison for non-payment of Council Tax or a Fine.

If you would like to tell us about a change in circumstance that means you no longer qualify for a discount or exemption, please see our change in circumstances form

To apply please compete our Persons in Detention - Council Tax Discount form below. If you are unable to use this form, please see our Contact Us for ways of getting in touch

Red asterisk denotes a required answer.

Contact Details of liable person


Details of person to be disregarded

Please provide the following information regarding the establishment

Name of prison/service establishment
  • Address & Postcode of prison/service establishment
  • Named contact from detention/service establishment and contact details
  • Total period of detention including dates to and from
Any other information (include new address if applicable)


Name & Relationship of Person completing the form

WARNING - It is a criminal offence for a ratepayer to give false information when making an application related to Council Tax or Business Rates

I confirm that all the details above are correct and I will contact the Council immediately of any changes

I will inform the Council as soon as there is any change in my circumstances which could affect my Council Tax Discount. If I fail to do so, I may be liable to a £70 penalty.

For the purposes of current data protection laws the information you supply the Council as part of your application will be used for the purposes of dealing with your request and retained as per our published corporate data protection privacy policy which can be found on the East Herts District Council Data Protection page (this link opens in a new window).

From time to time this information may be shared with other Council departments and / or outside partners to process your request as effectively as possible. Please confirm you have read the above privacy notice