What happens if you don’t pay

Please contact us straight away if you're having problems paying your Council Tax. We may come to an arrangement that you can afford. Please don't ignore notices we send you as it will only make matters worse.

You can also get free advice on managing your debt from Step Change or Citizens Advice.

If you pay late or miss a payment, we'll send you a reminder notice. If you don't bring your payments up to date within seven days, you'll lose your right to pay by instalments. After another 7 days, without further notice, you'll need to pay any remaining Council Tax for the year in full.

 If you don't pay in full, you will be sent a court summons for non-payment of Council Tax and you will be charged court costs of up to £95.

We'll only send two reminder notices in a tax year. If you miss a third payment, we'll send you a final notice, and you'll lose your right to pay by instalments. If your payments aren't brought up to date or we don't hear from you, you will be sent a court summons for non-payment of Council Tax

Pay your council tax

Direct Debit

Paying by Direct Debit makes sure that your payments are made on time every month and you don't need to remember to pay.  

Set up a Direct Debit 

Council Tax recovery policy

Download our Council Tax recovery policy (pdf, 101kb)

Page last updated: 18 January 2017