Paying business rates
We are receiving a large number of emails and telephone enquiries. In the first instance please login to or register for MyServices which will give you online access to your Council Tax, Benefits and Business Rates Accounts. Most changes to demand notices can be seen immediately online, whereas the issue of paper bills may be delayed depending on staff resources and mail availability.
You can find more information about how to pay here. This information is also shown on the front of your bill together with the amounts and dates by which payments must be made.
The normal method of payment is by monthly instalments, and the number of instalments will vary depending on when your bill is issued.
Where the bill is issued at the beginning of the financial year, the number of instalments will usually be 10. For bills issued during the year, a proportionate number of instalments will be arranged.
You can now ask to pay your bill over 12 instalments, from April to March. Tell us before April if you wish to change over to 12 monthly instalments for the next business rate year.
The payment instructions on your bill will state the amount of your instalments and the date on which payment is due. Please note that you may pay more than the amounts due provided that payments are always made in advance - for example half-yearly or annually.
You can pay your business rates in several ways:
Pay by Direct Debit: This is the most cost effective method. Setup a Business Rates Direct Debit. You can choose if payments are deducted on the 1, 8, 15 or 25 of the month. You can also use the Direct Debit setup form to change the details of a Direct Debit - simply complete the Direct Debit form with the new details and we will make the change.
Pay by automated phone system: Simply call 0345 300 3283 and follow the instructions - this method requires your account reference number/invoice number and either debit or credit card details.
Pay at a Post Office: Payment can be made at any Post Office. You will need to have a bill showing a barcode on the front. Payments by this method can take up to 5 working days to reach us.
Pay at payzone outlets: Just take your bill to anywhere displaying the payzone logo. You will need to have a bill showing a barcode on the front. Payments by this method can take up to 5 working days to reach us.
Make Bacs payments: To make a Bacs payment you must quote:
- Your Non-Domestic Rates Account Reference
- The council's Bank Sorting Code of 40-32-04 (HSBC Bank PLC, Market Harborough)
- The account to be credited is 81011561
Payments by this method can take up to 5 working days to reach us.
Read about all payment options