How to pay your Council Tax

Paperless billing 

Switching to paperless billing is a faster, more efficient and convenient option. With paperless billing you can view your bills electronically and download and print your bill if needed.

Registering for paperless billing means you will not receive a bill in the post, instead we will send you an email to tell you when a new bill has been linked to your online account for you to view. Choosing paperless billing helps us cut down printing and postage costs so we have more money to spend on other services.

You will need to register for an online account to be able to view your bills online. If you do not register when requesting paperless billing, you will need to register for an online account later.

Switch to paperless billing 

If you already have a ‘My Council Tax account’ you will need to register for a new account using the form below.

Register for an online Council Tax account

Registering for an account is easy and takes just a few minutes. You will need an email address and your Council Tax bill. As you go through the registration process, take care to enter your details exactly as they appear on your Council Tax bill. You can use the registration process to let us know if you would like to switch to paperless billing.

At the end of the registration process, we will send you an email to activate your account. Click on the link in the email to ensure your registration is complete.  

Register for an online Council Tax account

Payment options

Pay by Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the simplest and most convenient way for you to pay Council Tax, you won’t miss a payment, and you’re protected under the terms of the Direct Debit Guarantee.

To set up a Direct Debit, you’ll need your Council Tax account number (which you can find on your Council Tax bill) and your bank account number and sort code.

Set up or amend a Direct Debit

Pay your Council Tax online

You don’t need to register for an account to pay your Council Tax online but if you do choose to register, your Credit or Debit card details can be saved to make your next payment quicker and easier. You will also be able to view account balances as well as your payment history.

You will need your Council Tax account number to hand.

Pay my Council Tax online

Pay your Council Tax by phone

You can pay your Council Tax by telephone, using our 24-hour payment line - 01234 718061. You will need your Council Tax account number, and your debit or credit card.

Online banking

You can pay your Council Tax by standing order, which can be set up by your bank or by using online banking.

Please allow at least five working days for the payment to reach your Council Tax account.

You will need the Council's bank details:

Bank Sort Code 60-02-13

Bank Account No. 62288849

You will also need your Council Tax account number to hand.

Post Office or Payzone outlet

You can pay by cash or debit card at a Post Office or Payzone outlet. Remember to take your Council Tax bill with you every time you pay so that the bar code can be scanned.

Find your nearest Post Office.

Find your nearest Payzone outlet.

Pay by monthly instalments

Council Tax is normally due in 10 monthly instalments on the 7th of each month from April to January. You may pay by 12 monthly payments, from April to March, on request.

Pay by monthly instalments 

Difficulty paying your Council Tax

You should contact the Council straight away to discuss your payment options. If payment is not received by the due date we may need to take action and you may lose the right to pay by instalments or incur costly legal fees and fines. 

Please see our Fair Debt Collection policy (PDF) for more information.