If you do not pay your Council Tax

Council Tax notices

Reminder notices

If you dont pay your Council Tax as shown in your Council Tax demand we will send you a reminder notice. This will tell you the amount that you have to pay to get your account up to date. You will be asked to pay this within 7 days. If you do not pay the amount you will be issued with a court summons.

If you do pay this amount, but then miss a later instalment payment you will be sent a second reminder notice. You will again be asked to pay the amount within 7 days. Only two reminders can be sent in a financial year.

Final notice

If you get a final notice you will have to pay the entire year's charge at once within seven days. You may want to contact us as in many cases a payment arrangement can be agreed.


If you have not paid the amount after a reminder or final notice you may be summoned before the Magistrates Court. This will add a cost of £65.00 to your account. The summons will give you a court hearing date. If the amount due (including the extra cost) is fully paid before the court hearing date, then there will be no further action.

If you are unsure as to why you have received a summons, please visit our summons page.

Data Protection

We may send you a text message if your account falls into arrears, or to assess Council Tax liability.

If you prefer not to receive text messages regarding your Council Tax account, please call us on 01702 215001, or send an email to ctax@southend.gov.uk and request to opt out.

We will use your information to work out and collect Council Tax, to prepare statistics and for research. We may check your information with other sources. We will only share your information where data protection law allows it. For further information please see our Data Protection pages.

Contact Council Tax

Telephone: 01702 215001

Go to top