What happens if I don't pay my Council Tax?

I have receive a reminder notice

If you do not pay after you receive a reminder notice

If you don’t pay your instalment, or your payment arrives late, we'll send you a reminder.

If you get a reminder, you have seven days to pay your instalments so they are up-to-date.

If you don't pay within seven days, you'll lose your legal right to pay by instalments. This means that:

  • we can send you a summons and you will be charged additional costs of up to £121.

  • you'll need to pay the full balance for the year in one payment

If you bring your account up-to-date, but then fail to continue to pay your instalments, we'll send you a second reminder. You can only receive two reminders in any one year.

If you fall behind a third time, we'll send you a final notice.

If you receive a final notice for Council Tax, you lose your legal right to pay by instalments.

Your remaining balance will now be due in full. If you don't pay the full balance, we'll send you a summons.

If you do not believe that you owe the money asked for then let us know as soon as possible and we can discuss the issue before we go to court.

Set up a Direct Debit to avoid late payments.