City of Palmerston

Overdue Payment/Debt Recovery

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If an instalment is not paid on or before the due date, charges that remain unpaid will become overdue and will be known as "Rates in Arrears". Rates in Arrears will be subject to daily interest in accordance with Section 162 of the Northern Territory Local Government Act.

If you are having difficulties paying your rates by the due dates, please contact Council on 8935 9922 or via email to discuss alternative arrangements to avoid possible debt recovery action and costs. If there is no payment/contact, recovery of the debt will be initiated through a Debt Collection agency.
Legal expenses incurred by council will be recovered from the ratepayer to the full extent permitted by law.

In accordance with Section 161 Northern Territory Local Government Act it follows, that if a ratepayer decides to pay by instalments and defaults in payment of an instalment by the due date, all remaining instalments become immediately due and payable.

Under Section 168 to 170 Northern Territory Local Government Act., unpaid rates become a charge on the land to which they relate. If rates have been in arrears for at least 3 years, and an overriding statutory charge securing liability for the rates has been registered for at least the last 6 months, Council may sell the land. All related costs and liabilities to Council will be recovered from the proceeds of sale.

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Council Offices
Civic Plaza, First Floor
1 Chung Wah Terrace,
Palmerston, NT, 0831
Palmerston, NT 0831

P 08 8935 9922 (24 hour service)
F 08 8935 9900

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8.15am - 5.00pm
Closed public holidays

Palmerston Library
Goyder Square, The Boulevard
Palmerston, NT, 0831

P 08 8935 9999
F 08 8935 9998

Opening Hours
Monday - Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 1pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm
Closed public holidays

Palmerston Recreation Centre
11 The Boulevard
Palmerston, NT, 0831

P 08 8935 9922
F 08 8935 9900

Operating Hours
Monday - Friday 8am - 7pm