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What happens if you do not pay your Council Tax?

We are determined to collect the council tax that we are owed. If you do not pay your council tax on or before the due date shown on your demand, the recovery process will begin.

  • The first and second times that you pay late, you will receive reminders.
  • If you do not pay the reminder or make a payment arrangement, you will receive a summons to a magistrates' court hearing where we will ask them magistrates to grant a liability order.  This will mean additional costs will be added to the amount you owe.
  • If you are late three times in the financial year, you will receive a final notice.  This means you have lost the right to pay by instalments and will have to pay the full amount of your remaining council tax for the year.
  • If you do not pay the final notice amount in full or make a payment arrangement, you will receive a magistrates' court summons including costs.
  • If the full amount including the costs, is not paid before the hearing, we will ask the magistrates to grant a liability order.
  • If a liability order is granted, we will take further recovery actions unless you agree an arrangement with us to pay.  These recovery actions may include:

Problems paying your Council Tax