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We have a number of different ways you can pay your Business Rates. Bills are normally split into 10 monthly instalments, but you can choose to pay over 12 months instead.

Set up or change a Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the easiest way to pay your Business Rates.

We take the monthly payment from your bank account automatically on the first of the month, with Direct Debit Guarantee protection.

To set up a Direct Debit or change your information, you will need your:

  • Business Rates account number
  • bank account or building society account number and sort code
  • email address

Pay now

You can pay your Business Rates online using most debit cards.

You can’t pay your Business Rates using a credit card.

To pay your Business Rates online using a debit card, you will need:

  • your Business Rates account number
  • to know the amount that you need to pay
  • your card details, including the card number, CSV number, and start and expiry date
  • your email address

You can transfer your Business Rates payment from your bank account into our bank account, using our bank details:

  • Account name: Chelmsford City Council
  • Sort code: 60-05-13
  • Account number: 55600018

You need to include your Business Rates account number when you pay by bank transfer. 

You can pay your Business Rates at any time on our payment line using most debit cards.

You need to call 0300 456 0489

You can’t pay your Business Rates by credit card.

To pay by phone, you will need:

  • your Business Rates account number
  • your debit card details, including the card number, CSV number, and start and expiry date

You can contact us to order your payment swipe card. 

You can use your payment swipe card to pay your Business Rates by:

  • cash or cheque at the Post Office (with cheques made payable to Post Office Ltd)
  • cash at any Paypoint outlet

When you pay using a payment swipe card, you will need:

  • your payment swipe card, which has your Business Rates account number on it

Request now

We usually divide your Business Rates bill for the year into 10 instalments.

You can request to pay your Business Rates over 12 months, instead of 10.

The total Business Rates you pay over the year will stay the same, but you will be paying less each month.

To request to pay your Business Rates over 12 months, you will need:

  • your Business Rates account number
  • your name, address and contact details

Once we receive your request, we recalculate your bill and advise you of your new monthly payment amount.

If you pay by Direct Debit, we will take the new monthly amount on the next payment.

If you move into your property part way through the year, we can spread your instalments over the months remaining in the financial year. We can then spread them over 12 months at the start of the next financial year.

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Last updated: 10 October 2022