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What happens if you don’t pay?

Last updated on: 22-Apr-2021

2. Reminders and summonses

We take swift recovery action against people who don't pay and if necessary through the courts. If you are taken to court for not paying you'll have to pay the extra charges.

If you do not pay your council tax on time, we will first send you a reminder notice.

Reminder Notice

  • If you do not bring the payments up to date within seven days you will lose the right to pay by instalments.
  • After a further seven days we will issue you with a final notice.

Final Notice

  • The final notice asks you to pay the full amount you owe for the year.
  • If you do not pay the full amount displayed on the final notice and we do not hear from you, you will be sent a summons and have costs of £60.
  • Partial payment will not prevent a summons from being sent.


  • Once we have sent the summons, it cannot be withdrawn. If you wish to discuss your summons you can attend a summons surgery. Dates will be provided with your summons. If you cannot attend a surgery date please contact us.

If you receive a reminder, final notice or summons and are unable to pay, contact us to agree a suitable payment arrangement.

Dispute a Council Tax liability order

Find out how you can dispute a Council Tax liability order.

Please be aware that you should allow enough time for us to look into your dispute before your court hearing date.


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