Instalments and Arrears

Council tax and council servicesCouncil Tax is set by Allerdale Borough Council and annual bills are sent in March each year. Instalments must be paid monthly to avoid receiving a reminder or a summons. Payments can also be made in advance.

The Council is duty bound to collect Council Tax in line with current regulations. If a payment is missed you will receive a reminder and will have a further seven days to pay before the whole balance becomes due. If it is not paid you will receive a summons which will cost you £65.00.

If payment of the first reminder is made you can continue to pay monthly. However, the law only allows a maximum of two reminders in any financial year. If after making payment for a second reminder your payment is late again, you will receive a Final Notice - which has to be paid in full within 14 days to avoid a summons being issued.

The summons details how much you owe and tells you when the hearing is to be held. At the hearing we will ask the Magistrates to grant a Liability Order. Once this has been granted we are able to implement recovery action to clear the debt.

Recovery action can take the form of:

  • An agreed payment arrangement with you (see request for payment arrangement forms below)
  • Attachment of earnings - (please see guidance for employers below)
  • Deductions from Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Credit
  • Use of Enforcement Agents

You can go to prison for up to 90 days for not paying your Council Tax!

Anyone having difficulty paying their Council Tax should always contact Allerdale Borough Council as soon as possible (see contacts below). We are always available to offer help and advice.

Don't wait until it's too late!


1. How to pay an instalment or advice if you are unable to pay an instalment: 01900 702530

2. If you have had a summons and want to discuss payment options: 01900 702670

3. Or contact us by e-mail on 

Downloadable Documents

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Microsoft Word formatRequest for Council Tax payment arrangement in Word format25 Kb4 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerRequest for Council Tax payment arrangement in PDF format147 Kb21 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatAttachment of earnings - guidance for employers in Word format423 Kb1 min 0 secs @ 56k, 2 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerAttachment of earnings - guidance for employers in PDF format185 Kb26 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb

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Allerdale Borough Council
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