Your council tax account

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You can now access your council tax account anytime, apart from between 1.30am and 4.15am when we back up the system. You'll need your unique code, which you can find at the top right hand corner of your latest council tax bill. Direct debits can be set up from 1 April 2017.

Click here to access your council tax account

Download one of our guides first, then click on the link above to go through to the system.

E-Billing

If you register for e-billing we can send your council tax bill to you via email rather than through the post. This saves us money and is environmentally friendly.

If you're jointly liable with another person for council tax, you need to ask them to register for e-billing too. If you don’t we’ll need to continue to send a paper bill through the post.

What does being joint and severally liable mean?

It means that each individual has full responsibility to ensure that the council tax is paid.

Various groups of people can be jointly and severally liable for one council tax bill, for example:

  • Joint owners
  • Joint tenants
  • Husband and wife or a couple living as husband and wife.

Frequently asked questions

As long as you enter all the information needed and follow the steps, using council tax online should be straightforward. But if you're experiencing any problems, this information may help you.

I haven't got a council tax bill so how do I get a code?

If you don't have a council tax bill you'll need to contact our customer services team so that we can give you a code.

I've got my bill but can't find the code

Your unique code is on the front of your council tax bill. The number is 10 digits long. If you can't find your bill, contact us and we'll send you a copy bill through the post.

A code is printed on all bills and notices, such as reminders. You need to use the one shown on your latest bill or notice. This is a security device to ensure that only you can access your records.

The name shown on the bill is spelt wrong. What do I enter?

Enter the name as it appears on the bill. You can correct it by selecting Council Tax Update on the Council Tax Online home page.

I've added an address correctly but I'm getting a message saying it can't be found

Make sure you enter the property address as shown on the bill. This should be the address for which council tax is being charged. Check you've left a space between the first and second part of the post code and input the correct start of the address. For example, if the bill shows Flat 22 then entering just 22 in the number field will not find the property you're after.

I've put in all my details but can't log in

Is your full name shown on your bill? If there's no first name or only an initial such as Mr J Smith, council tax online can't verify your record. Please contact us to add your full name to our records.

Check the name entered is the same as on your bill. And make sure you've entered the full 8 digit account number.

If you need to enter an online key, check you've entered the correct one taking care with characters which can be confused, such as the number '0' and the letter 'O'

I've tried everything but I'm still having problems

If you're still having problems, complete our council tax account form, and we'll help you.