We will send you a council tax bill at the beginning of each financial year (mid March) to notify you of the amount you have to pay. The bill will include details of the monthly instalment amounts.
Payments are due on the first of each month - unless you pay by Direct Debit - and you can choose to pay over 10 months or 12 months. If you are currently on a 10 month plan and wish to change to a 12 month plan, please contact our Revenues team.
If you wish to pay half yearly you may do so, however, as there is no statutory arrangement for this type of payment, you must be careful to make payment in advance of the monthly amounts due on your council tax bill. You should make half yearly payments by paying the first five instalments (April - August) on 1st April and the remaining balance of your account (September - January) on 1st September. In this way your account will never fall into arrears. If you do not do this you will be subject to normal recovery processes.
The law states that the minimum monthly instalment value must be £5. The Government introduced this rule in order to help keep collection costs down. Anyone who has less that £50 a year to pay will therefore be given fewer than the usual 10 instalments. Bills issued after 31 December are legally due for payment within 14 days. We will, however, normally offer an instalment date before the end of the financial year, if possible.