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

What happens if I don't pay?

First reminder notice

If you fail to make a Council Tax payment we will send you a reminder notice.

Second reminder notice

If you pay the first reminder but don't make any other payments, we will send you a second reminder notice.

Final notice

On the third missed instalment or late payment of the year, you will be sent a final notice requesting payment in full for your total outstanding Council Tax immediately.


If you fail to pay the full amount of Council Tax owing we will issue a summons against you. This will result in additional recovery costs being charged to you.

Debt recovery

We will ask the Magistrates to grant a Liability Order against you, which will enable us to take action to recover the debt. 

This could be done in one of the following ways:

  • Issuing an Attachment of Earnings Order to your employer 
  • Requesting the Benefits Agency to take it out of your benefits 
  • Instructing enforcement agents to seize your possessions 
  • Applying for a bankruptcy order 


As a last resort a committal summons will be issued to commit you to prison.

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