Business rates are normally payable in 10 monthly instalments. If you're a new customer and we send a bill after April, we may reduce the number of instalments.
Pay your business rates by Direct Debit
In most cases when you sign up for Direct Debit we can take your details with just 1 call to our contact centre. Ring us between Monday to Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm and have your bank account details ready (branch sort code and account number).
Alternatively complete the
Business Rates Direct Debit Debit application form (89kb pdf)
Please note: If your Direct Debit mandate requires more than one signature you'll need to request a mandate by ringing us on 01706 926170.
Advantages of paying by Direct Debit: It's cost efficient, there are safeguards built in to protect you, you won't have to write out cheques or remember when your payments are due.
Other ways to pay your business rates
Online payment: You can use your credit or debit card to pay your bill.
Through a bank (Bankers Automated Clearing Services, BACS): You can make payments by quoting your business rate account number and our bank details:
Barclays Bank PLC
51 Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3HQ
Sort Code: 20-55-41
Account name: RBC Business Rates Standing Orders
Account No: 30410667
You will need these details when you use telephone banking, internet banking or standing order. You can send us details of payments you have made to
By telephone and debit/credit card: To use this option, phone our automated payments line 01706 926180 with your debit/credit card and business rates reference number to hand. Lines are open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Payment at post offices and paypoint outlets: You can pay at any Post Office or PayPoint outlet, but you must always present your bill with a barcode on when making your payment. It usually takes up to 3 working days for us to receive your payment. If you pay by cheque at the Post Office then your cheque should be made payable to 'Post Office Ltd'. This service is free.
If you're experiencing financial difficulties and cannot afford to pay your business rates, you should contact us straight away so we can help.
If you don't contact us and continue to default on your payments, we'll take action to recover any money outstanding. This will involve the issue of a Magistrates Court summons, and could result in enforcement action, bankruptcy or insolvency.