Ways to pay your Council Tax

Your Council Tax bill will show what you must pay and the amount of monthly instalments due. You will receive a bill every March confirming the annual amount to be paid, together with any arrears from previous years. A revised bill will be sent to you each time your circumstances change.

You can choose to pay your bill by 10 or 12 instalments on either the 1st or 15th of each month, using any of the payment methods listed below:

Online

For online payments, you will need the following information:

  • your account reference number
  • your debit or credit card details
  • the amount you want to pay (this is on your bill or payment arrangement letter).

Note: No charge is applied for debit cards but a handling charge is added to credit card payments.

Pay online
You can sign in/register for a personalised Council Tax account to see your balance and payments made/due, as well as copies of bills and correspondence we have sent you.

Direct Debit

This is the easiest way to pay and is generally cheaper for you if you pay bank charges.

Request to pay by Direct Debit

PayPoint

A convenient way to pay by cash, debit/credit card or cheque at retail outlets. Please ensure you take your barcoded Council Tax bill with you. You may also be able to pay other bills such as water, electric and gas.

Telephone

To use our secure touchtone system, telephone 01283 595865 at any time with your account number, starting with a three, to hand. You will be guided through the process.

Post Office

You can use your payment swipe card or your barcoded Council Tax bill at any Post Office. There is no charge. Alternatively, cheques should be made payable to 'Post Office Counters Ltd'.

Council offices

You can pay by cash or debit/credit card using our automated payment machines located at our Civic Offices. Please have your account reference number, barcoded bill or swipe card to hand.

If you cannot afford to pay your Council Tax please contact us immediately so that we can discuss how we can help you

Find out more about what happens if you don’t pay your Council Tax.