Council tax payments

Payment of Council tax is due on the 1st of each month and payments are collected over a 10 month period. The date of payment can be changed if you opt to pay by direct debit. 

We offer customers a range of payment methods:

Direct debit

Direct debit is one of the easiest ways to pay your council tax. You avoid queues, cheques, postal orders, postage and visits to Council offices.

We do all the work and tell you in advance the amount to be paid. In the extremely rare event of anything going wrong, you are assured of an immediate refund from your own bank.

Choice of payment dates

Paying by by direct debit means you can choose to pay over the normal 10 months or 12 months if you prefer. Payments will be collected on the 1st, 15th or 28th of the month; just tell us what date suits you best and we will arrange payment with your bank or building society.

How to set up a direct debit

  • Contact our Paperless Direct Debit Facility on 01563 554400 (option 3) with your bank details. We will write to you to confirm your request and we will notify you of the amount due 14 days in advance.
  • You can also complete the form enclosed with your council tax bill.

Even if your account is in an arrears situation, we may be able to set up a Direct Debit to collect your current year Council Tax.

Personal payment at a customer service centre

If you cannot pay by direct debit and you prefer to pay in person, you can make your payments at your local Customer Service Centre. There is no charge for this and your payment will reach your account quickly. In addition, Customer Service staff can help with queries about bills, payments and rebates.

Your local Customer Service Centres are located in:

By internet

You can pay online free of charge by switch or debit card. If you pay by credit card, a surcharge will apply.

By telephone

Payment by telephone (automated 24 hour service), can be made by calling us on 01563 554400 (option 1) at any time. You can pay free of charge by switch or debit card. If you pay by credit card, a surcharge will apply.

Using PayPoint

To help ensure making a payment is as easy as possible you can now make a payment at over 100 PayPoints across East Ayrshire. PayPoints are handily located in local newsagents and supermarkets so that you can make your payment at the same time as buying your groceries or newspapers.

Find out more about using your local PayPoint

To pay using PayPoint, you will need to be issued with a new type of payment card.

All existing payment card holders have been issued with a card to use this option.  Customer requests for either a replacement card (lost/stolen)or brand new card should telephone 01563 554400 (option 1) or e-mail

By post

Cheques or postal orders should be crossed "A/C payee only" and made payable to "East Ayrshire Council". Payment should be sent to the Head of Finance, East Ayrshire Council, P.O. Box 7400, Kilmarnock, KA1 1LZ . You must enclose your full name, address, year of payment and reference number. You should also write your reference number on the back of your cheque or postal order. You do not need to enclose your payment card provided you give us this information.

Standing order

Although Council tax can be paid by standing order; it is your responsibility to put the arrangements in place. You must complete a new mandate every time the amount changes and you must notify your bank. You must also tell your bank to use the new year’s reference number - otherwise your Council tax account will not be credited. You also need to pay on the 1st of each month. You can easily change to direct debit and pay on the 1st, 15th or the 28th of each month.

Contact Information

Revenues and Benefits Section
Civic Centre North
John Dickie Street
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 554400 (option 3)
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