What Happens If I Don't Pay?

If, for any reason, you don't pay your council tax on time we are legally obliged to issue documents advising you of this and warning you what could happen next. 

What document you get depends on how many times you have missed your payment. It could be a reminder, final notice or a summons.

If you receive a summons then the matter is likely to go to court where we will be applying for a liability order. 

A liability order gives us various powers to help us to recover the debt:

  • To request information.
  • To attach earnings.
  • To make deductions from Income Support / Job Seekers Allowance.
  • Charging Order.
  • Bankruptcy / Insolvency.
  • Taking Control of Goods (removal of goods to pay a debt).
  • Committal to Prison.

For more information about reminders, final notices and summons please select one of the underlined words above or download our leaflet.

If you have problems paying your council tax please contact us - we may be able to make a special arrangement with you.

You may be entitled to benefits - please go to the online benefit calculator for more details.