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Council Tax 

Paying your Council Tax 

Date of payment

Payment of council tax instalments must be received on your account by the date shown on the bill. This is normally the 1st of each month, April to January.


Your bill shows you how much and when to pay. For council tax the law states that the minimum instalment value must be £5. The government introduced this rule in order to help keep collection costs to a minimum.

Those people who have less than £50 a year to pay, will not make the usual 10 payments because of the instalment value rule, for example, if you owe £35 you would only have 7 instalments of £5 rather than 10 payments of £3.50.

Bills issued after 31st December are due 14 days after issue.

Half yearly and yearly payments

Some people prefer to pay half yearly or yearly. Although there is no longer any special arrangements for these types of payments, you can still pay any amount of instalments in advance so long as you keep your account up-to-date.

Direct Debit 

Direct Debit logo

This is our preferred method of payment as it saves you and the council time and money when making a payment. It is the only method of payment that comes with a guarantee.

Once the Direct Debit has been set up, there is no action to be taken on your part, as payments are automatically debited from your bank or building society account.

If the amount of the instalment changes, (for example in the new financial year) you will be automatically notified of the change.

Direct Debits can be taken on the 1st, 8th, 15th or 22nd of each month. You should always check to make sure you have enough money in your account to cover the payment at this date, as your bank may charge you if you do not.

Please note: Direct Debits cannot be made from certain types of account, for example, savings accounts. Please check with your bank if you are unsure.

It is easy to set up a direct debit.

  • You can set up a direct debit online by registering to use our Council Tax online portal, called MyAccount. Please use the link at the top of this page.
  • You can telephone us on 020 8227 2926. Please have your council tax account number and your bank account details ready.
  • You can download a form to complete and send to us. There is a link to the form on the right-hand side of this page.

Pay online 

Follow the link on the right of this page, to pay using your debit or credit card.

Payment by telephone 

You can make an automated payment, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, by telephoning 020 8227 2050, and using your debit or credit card. Please make sure you have your Council Tax account number ready.


You can pay with cash or a debit card at any store which displays the Pay Zone logo, ePay logo, or pay with cash at any store which displays the Pay Point logo using the barcode on your council tax bill. You can also pay with cash or a debit card at any post office. 

Did you know you can manage your council tax account online?

By registering for the MyAccount portal, you can view your account details, including payments made and instalments due to be paid, you can set up or amend a direct debit, tell us about a change of address, apply for a single occupier discount, or apply for a refund.

Click here to create your online account...