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Apply to pay by Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the safest and easiest way to pay your Council Tax. Direct Debit will ensure that payments are made on time and for the right amount so you never forget to pay your bill

You don't need to renew your Direct Debit every year. Once you've set it up, it continues until you cancel it or payments are returned unpaid by your bank.

How to set up Direct Debit

To set up Direct Debit you need to:

  • have been issued a Council Tax bill
  • have a Council Tax account number
  • be authorised to set up Direct Debit payments from the bank account

How it works

Your Direct Debit will create instalments for your Council Tax bill (it won't cover amounts due under enforcement action). You can choose which day of the month you would like the instalments to be taken, either the 1st, 8th, 16th, or 26th.

Payments in a full financial year may be made over 10 or 12 months, however fewer instalments will be given if you set up Direct Debit later in the financial year.

If you have an existing Direct Debit in place, any new details submitted for the same account will replace the existing instruction.

How to apply

  • log into your MyAccount (or create an account if you don't already have one) to complete the application form. MyAccount is an easier and quicker way to interact with us and is available 24/7. For information about MyAccount visit the find out more page (opens in new window)
  • once on your MyAccount homepage click on the "Forms and information" button (located on the left hand side of the page) to retrieve the form
  • select "Set up a new Direct Debit" from the main screen (or if you are looking to amend a current Direct Debit select "Amend an existing Direct Debit")
  • complete the form with the relevant details and submit

You will need to provide when completing the form your bank details, including:

  • name(s) of account holder(s)
  • account number
  • sort code
  • bank or building society address 

Your bank will need 10 working days to set up the Direct Debit. When you are completing the form, if there are fewer than 10 working days until the next payment, the next payment may not be until the subsequent instalment date and therefore instalments may be larger.

What happens next?

Once the application is complete it will be processed and confirmation sent to you.

To apply to pay by Direct Debit please use the following form

Did you know that you can receive your Council Tax bill via email. To sign up for electronic billing visit set up electronic billing.

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