Payment Plans for Unpaid Utility Bills
Need more time to pay your City of Raleigh utility bill?
As a courtesy to customers with unpaid utility bills, the City of Raleigh may grant a payment plan to qualified accounts.
- Customer may be required to make a partial payment on the account prior to establishing a payment plan.
- All past due charges, including those associated with a payment plan, will be subject to late payment charges.
- In addition to keeping payment plan installments current, all new and future charges must also be paid on time, including late fees.
- Payment plans must be requested prior to disconnection of service. If service is disconnected, or if a disconnection notice tag has been left at the premise, the account DOES NOT QUALIFY for a payment plan.
Request a Payment Plan
Customers can request one of the following types of payment plans by contacting an Account Manager by email or by calling 919-996-3245 Monday - Friday between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm:
- Extend the original due date
- Set up multiple payment installments
- Special extension - Related to Leaks
- Special extension - Back Billing
When the payment plan has been established the Account Manager will confirm each payment amount due and each due date with the customer. A payment plan confirmation notice will also be mailed to the customer's billing address.
Defaulting on a Utility Payment Plan
Any of the following constitutes "Default":
- Failure to pay a payment plan installment on or before the installment due date
- Payment amount is less than the agreed-upon payment installment
- Failure to pay the full amount of new/future charges (not associated to the payment plan) on or before the due date
Consequences of default:
- No further payment plans will be established during the next twelve (12) months
- Collection processes will begin immediately on any past due amount. This can include disconnection of utility services, referral to a collection agency and/or referral to the North Carolina Debt Setoff Program.
For your reference, the City's ordinances regarding disconnection of service for non-payment can be found at The Code of the City of Raleigh.
Special Extension Periods
There are two (2) situations where payment plans may be established with special extension periods:
- Leak Not Eligible for Adjustment - When a leak on a property does not fall within the City's policy for a leak adjustment, a payment plan may be allowed for up to six (6) months.
- Back Billing - An account that requires back billing for up to three years may have a payment plan established for an equal amount of time as the back billing period.
Don't wait until services are disconnected!
If the account has already been disconnected due to non-payment, or if a trip has been made to the premise to turn service off and/or to hang a disconnect notification tag, full payment must be received before utility services can be reinstated.
A payment plan will NOT be established after the disconnection process has begun.