Pay your Council Tax

You can pay your Council Tax in a number of different ways.

Direct Debit

The easiest way to pay your Council Tax bill is by Direct Debit.

Your direct debit is quick and easy to set up or amend and is covered by the direct debit guarantee. To set up a direct debit you can either:

  • Download and complete a Direct Debit Instruction below and send by email to or;
  • Download and complete a Direct Debit Instruction below and post it to Marischal College, Broad Street, 3rd Floor West, Business Hub 16, Aberdeen, AB10 1AB, or;
  • Phone us on 03000 200 292 to set up a Direct Debit (lines are open Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm)

Please remember to have your Council Tax Reference Number and payment card details ready.


You can choose to spread your Direct Debit payments over 10 or 12 months of the financial year from April. There are a choice of dates available (5th, 15th, 20th and 28th of each month).
However, if your Direct Debit is set up part way through the year the instalments may be spread over the remaining months of the financial year.
If you are currently paying by Direct Debit over 10 months you can amend this to spread your payments over the full financial year.
If you or your bank/building society cancel your Direct Debit whilst a balance remains outstanding an adjustment notice will be issued to you.
If part or all of your Council Tax balance due has already been passed to Sheriff Officers for collection, this Direct Debit will not collect that balance. It will only be set up to collect any amount which remains with Aberdeen City Council.

If the Direct Debit is being paid by a 3rd party (not someone named on the Council Tax Bill), then we will require written authority from them to confirm that the Direct Debit should be set up.  Please arrange for this to be provided to when you complete the online Direct Debit instruction. The Direct Debit will not be set up without this authority.


Pay your Council Tax online by debit or credit card. Further help with online payments is available on our help page.

By registering for an account you will also have access to your payment history and payment receipts.


Call 03000 200 292 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) to use our automated service to make payments for a range of Council services. Please remember to have your Council Tax Reference Number available and payment card details ready.

Home banking

You will need to provide the bank details below and use your Council Tax Reference Number as your Payment Reference Number.

Virgin Money

Sort Code: 82-60-11

Account Number: 70009126


In person

You can pay at the following locations:

  • Any Post Office - you will need the barcode from your Council Tax bill in order to make payment (please allow 5 working days for payment to be credited to your account)
  • Anywhere you see the Paypoint sign - you will need the barcode from your Council Tax bill in order to make payment (Please allow 5 working days for payment to be credited to your account). Find your nearest Paypoint.

Struggling to make a payment

If you are struggling to make payment, we are able to agree a payment arrangement. If a payment plan would help, please contact us as soon as possible.

Make sure that you have claimed all of the benefits that you are entitled to. For working age families this is Universal Credit from the DWP. Find out more about Universal Credit.  

You may also qualify for Council Tax Reduction, a means tested reduction if you have low income. Find out more on our Council Tax Reduction page. Furthermore, certain individuals can still qualify for Housing Benefit. Please visit our Housing Benefit page to see if you could claim. 

More information

  • Each year payment of Council Tax is required to be paid within the financial year being April to March, unless you have agreed a payment arrangement with us.
  • Payments are due on or before the 1st of each month, unless you pay by Direct Debit.
  • Alternatively, you can pay in full for the year in a lump sum on or before 1 April.
  • Remember, if you do not pay your Council Tax as detailed on your bill you could incur additional charges.
  • If you are having difficulty paying please contact us as soon as possible. Our Benefits and Money Advice service can offer advice if you are finding it difficult to keep on top of your bills.
  • You must continue to pay your Council Tax whilst waiting on the outcome of a decision/review.


We are aware of new Council Tax scams during this time. We do not send out any e-mails asking customers to click on any links which asks them to provide personal details.

If you receive an unexpected e-mail from the Council Tax team, please ensure it has originated from an account.

To do this hover over the FROM display name to see what email address pops up (to hover, move your pointer, over the information that you want to verify). If using a smart phone or tablet you will have to tap on it. It is common for an attacker to spoof a display name to look like it is coming from a legitimate account. When you hover over the display name you may find that the email has been sent from someone else.  

If you are in any doubt, please contact us

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