Pay your business rates

Payment of business rates bills is automatically set on a 10-monthly cycle. However, the Government has put in place regulations that allow ratepayers to require their local authority to enable payments to be made through 12 monthly instalments.

If you wish to take up this offer, please email us at

How to make a payment

Pay by Direct Debit

Set up a Direct Debit online

You can also set up a Direct Debit by downloading our PDF Direct Debit form.

Pay online

Pay your business rates online

You can pay your business rates by card using our secure online payment system, accessible 24 hours a day.

By telephone

You can pay using a debit card by telephoning our dedicated line for payments on 0300 456 0630. As this is an automated line, this service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

You will be asked to enter your business rates account number, which is shown on the front of your bill.

By BACS / Standing Order

For BACS and Standing Order payments you will need to quote - Bank Account Number 14871734 and Sort Code 62-00-44 (also quoting your business rates account number).

Please note that all payments must be on your account by the first day of each month.

If you are paying by cheque or at the bank, please make your payment in advance to allow time for this to reach your account.

By cash

You can pay in cash at any branch of NatWest, quoting Bank Account Number 14871734 and Sort Code 60-18-01, along with your business rates account number.

What happens if I can’t pay

If you are having difficulties paying you should contact us immediately. You can fill out our online enquiry form. You can also request an arrangement online.

If we do not receive the scheduled payment on time we will send you a reminder letter which gives you seven days to bring your account up to date.

If you do not do this, or are late paying again later in the year, then the local authority will issue you with a summons and additional fees of £177.50 will be incurred.

If you do not then pay the full balance by the court date a liability order will be obtained and an extra £47 will then also be added.

If an arrangement is not set or full payment, including costs, is not received the account will then be passed to a bailiff which may incur further charges.

If payment is still not made then the Local Authority can also apply to the court for a committal summons or pass your case for bankruptcy/insolvency proceedings.

Enforcement Agents

In instances where the Local Authority has passed your case to the Enforcement Agents, the Local Authority can no longer agree payment terms and you will have to agree payment terms with the Enforcement Agents. Contact details can be found below.

OneSource Enforcement

020 3373 3588

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