Orkney Islands Council
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Council Tax - Arrears

Payment of Council Tax must be made by the dates shown on the demand notice. If you fall into arrears with one or more of the instalments you will be sent a reminder to bring the payments up to date within 7 days.

If you fail to pay the amount asked for on the reminder you will be sent a notice to pay the full amount that remains outstanding for the year.

Further non-payment may result in an application being made to the Sheriff Court for a Summary Warrant, resulting in an additional surcharge of 10% being added onto the outstanding balance. The debt may then be passed to the Sheriff Officers for collection.

Married couples, or couples living together as husband and wife, are jointly and severally liable to pay the bill. This also applies to joint owners and tenants.

Further information on the Council's Debt Recovery and Write-off Policy can be found in the Related Downloads section of this page.

Seeking Debt Advice

If you are experiencing financial difficulties you can also seek independent advice from the Orkney Citizens Advice Bureau.  Money Advisors are employed to provide free, independent, impartial and confidential advice.

They can be contacted at: Orkney Citizens Advice Bureau, Anchor Buildings, Bridge Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1HR.  Telephone 01856875841

Online Payments

You can pay Council Tax, Non-Domestic Rates, Council House Rent, Garage Rent, Invoices and Other Payments using our online payments facility, available from the Related Links section of this page. Additional Services will be added as we continue to develop the range of payments available online.

Related Links

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