How to pay business rates

Business rates instalments

10 or 12 monthly instalments

Payment of business rate bills is usually set on a 10-monthly cycle. However, you also have the option of spreading payments over 12 months.

If you wish to take up this opportunity, please contact us.

Please note that 12 instalments will only apply to your annual bill sent before the start of April, when issued with enough time to include an April instalment. For bills issued later in the year, you will automatically receive the maximum number of instalments available through to the following March.

You can also pay for the whole year at once or by two half-yearly instalments.  

Ways to pay 

Pay online

We accept payment by MasterCard or Visa credit card, or by Visa Debit, Delta or Maestro card.

Payment security: To protect your data and provide a higher level of security, you will need to use the following browser versions (or above) to make payments: Chrome 30; Android 4.4; Firefox 24; Internet Explorer 8; Opera 17; Safari 7 with OSX 10.9; Safari mobile IOS 5. Please upgrade your browser if you need to.

Pay your business rates

Direct debit

Direct debit is the easiest way to pay. You can choose to pay on either the 1st or 15th day of the month and you only have to set up your payment once.  Protection is maintained through the direct debit guarantee that offers an immediate refund in the event of an error, 10 working days notice of the account being debited and the right to cancel at any time.

To set up your direct debit, complete and return the direct debit instruction form or call 020 8825 7020.

Pay by phone

Using a credit or debit card please call 0845 3010208. We accept payment by MasterCard or Visa credit card, or by Visa Debit, Delta or Maestro card.

Pay at a bank

To pay at your own bank, for standing orders, internet or phone banking, please use sort code 30-00-00, account number 00312428 and quote your seven-digit business rates account number as the reference number.