When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These are small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

Types of Cookies

There are 4 types of cookies that we use:

  • Analytical Cookies - These cookies allow us to count the number of visitors to our website, and to see how they use it. These cookies don’t gather information that identifies you. All information these cookies collect is anonymous and is only used to improve how our website works.
  • Functional Cookies - These cookies remember your preferences everytime you visit our website (i.e. language, font size, etc.).
  • Essential Cookies - These cookies are essential as they help our website function properly. They enable you to complete our online forms, make a payment, submit applications, etc. They do not contain any personal information.
  • Other Cookies - Some of our web pages use embedded content from third party sites (such as Twitter and Flickr) and these sites may use cookies. Torbay Council does not control how third party sites use their cookies. For more details you need to check their privacy polices.

Should I disable cookies?

We recommend you allow the cookies set by this website as they help us provide a better service. If you do not want to receive cookies from this website:

  • select Cookie Settings under the Privacy Settings in your Browser Options
  • add our Domain ( to the list of websites you do not want to accept cookies from.

Under settings you can also delete individual cookies or any cookies that your browser has stored.
Please note: If you choose to disable cookies then our applications will not work. Therefore, in order to get the best out of our website you will need to ensure that you allow cookies.

You can find more information on cookies on the All About Cookies website.

Our Cookie Use

Name Expiration Time Description
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gid 24 hours Used to distinguish users.
_gat 1 minute Used to throttle request rate. 

Other Cookies

Our website has a number of pages with embedded content or systems from a third party. We do not control how a third party uses their cookies - please check their privacy policies for more details: