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Pay Council Tax

Council Tax runs from 1 April each year to the 31 March the following year. Instalments are payable over 10 or 12 months from April. 

Our payment date is on, or before, the 15th of each month.

Weekly payments can be made, provided you pay the full monthly amount by the due date on your Council Tax bill.

If you pay by Direct Debit you can choose from 3 payment dates (1st, 15th or 28th).

How to pay

By Direct Debit

You'll need your:

  • Council Tax Reference number, and
  • bank, or building society, account number and sort code

You can either:

Set up a Direct Debit online
  • phone 01294 310000 during office hours, or

You'll receive a confirmation letter within 3 working days of setting up your Direct Debit instruction.


You'll need your Council Tax Reference number.

Pay Council Tax online

We accept:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Visa Debit
  • Visa Electron
  • Maestro

By phone

You'll need your Council Tax Reference number and your debit or credit card details. We accept the cards listed above.

Call our automated payment service (available 24/7) on 0300 456 0639, or 01294 310000 during office hours.

Standing Order

Instruct your bank, or building society, to set up a standing order for the monthly instalment detailed on your most recent Council Tax bill you can also use this to make a one off payment to your council tax account.

Make sure the bank quotes the Council Tax Reference number printed on your bill.

Payments should be credited to:

Bank: Clydesdale Bank, 151 High Street, Irvine, KA12 8AB
Sort Code: 82-65-22
Account Name: North Ayrshire Council, Cunninghame House, Irvine
Account No.: 80443663

By post

Cheques, or postal orders, made payable to 'North Ayrshire Council'. Write your Council Tax Reference number and the financial year you're paying for on the back of the cheque or postal order. Address payment to:

North Ayrshire Council
Business Support
3rd floor (west)
Cunninghame House
Irvine KA12 8EE

Don't send cash or your payment card through the post.

In person

Take your bill and payment to any:

  • Post Office (cash, debit card or cheque, payable to 'Post Office Ltd')
  • Paypoint outlet
  • Payzone outlet

Use the barcode printed on the top left of your bill. 

Who should pay?

Residents of a property, whether privately owned or rented, are generally liable to pay Council Tax. Empty properties are the responsibility of the non-resident owners or tenants.

The following residents are jointly liable to pay Council Tax:

  • residents who are married or living with a partner, or
  • residents who are joint owners or tenants

If a student is living with a non-student partner, the student cannot be held jointly liable for Council Tax charges.


If you think that you are not liable to pay Council Tax, or that a mistake has been made in calculating your bill, you can appeal. Notify us, in writing, within 28 days of receiving your bill.

Fair Processing Notice

The Council is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers. Thus, we may use the information you have provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. 

We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes. 

Further Information

If you need more information on the National Fraud Initiative you can contact:

Get a copy of your bill


If you receive a Council Tax e-bill, you can view your bills and print them from your online account.

Paper bill

If you receive a paper Council Tax bill, you can request a paper copy of your most recent bill. This will include any payments made to your account since your bill was issued.

Change of circumstances

If there’s a change in your circumstances which could affect your council tax liability, including who owns your property, you must contact us immediately so your account can be updated.

Please note: we have the power to impose a penalty (£500 maximum) if you fail to provide information that affects your council tax liability.

Contact Council Tax




01294 310000


North Ayrshire Council, Council Tax Section, PO BOX 7964, Bridgegate House, Irvine, KA12 8LS