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Paying your Council Tax

Direct Debit is Bath & North East Somerset council’s preferred method of Council Tax payment. Once you set it up, the payments will come out of your account automatically, and you will have nothing further to do. If you would prefer to use another payment method, you can also pay your bill with a credit or debit card online, by phone, by bank transfer, in person at a council office or Post Office, or by post.

WarningTo make any new payment, you will need your Council Tax account number. This is a seven or nine digit number, and you can find it in the top left corner of your Council Tax bill. If you are unsure, please view this example bill.

Pay by Direct Debit

This is a simple, safe and speedy way to pay your Council Tax. If you are already paying this way, instalments for this year's Council Tax will be paid automatically on the dates shown on your bill, and you do not need to do anything. If you currently pay by any other method, and want to change to Direct Debit, select the link below to get started.

Set up a new Direct Debit

To start paying your Council Tax by Direct Debit, you will need:

  • your bank account details and branch address
  • the date you would like to pay your bill each month (the 1st or the 15th)
  • the number of payment instalments you would prefer (10 or 12) - for operational reasons, we prefer to collect your Council Tax over 10 payments, if you are happy for us to do this

To set up your payment plan, you will need to:

  • download and print our Direct Debit form
  • complete it with your details and payment choices
  • scan or photograph the completed form and email it to counciltax@bathnes.gov.uk
  • if you would prefer, you can post your completed copy to Council Tax, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG

Alternatively, you can set up Direct Debit by phone. Call us on 01225 47 77 77, and have your Council Tax account number and bank details to hand.

Pay online

To pay online, you will need a debit or credit card and your Council Tax account number. During the process, you will manually enter the amount you wish to pay. Please note that some banks and building societies may take a few days to deduct your payment from your account balance. 

Pay Council Tax online

Pay by phone

Call our automated payments line on 0845 372 3501, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can make your payment by any major credit or debit card. During the process, you will manually enter the amount you wish to pay. Please note that some banks and building societies may take a few days to deduct your payment from your account balance. 

Calls to this number cost 3p per minute plus your telephone providers access charge.

Pay by bank transfer

Use your online banking website or mobile phone banking app

You can use a bank transfer to send us a single payment for any amount, or to set up a regular standing order to pay your bill by instalments. To do this, you will need our bank details below:

  • Account Name: Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • Bank: National Westminster Bank, Old Bank Branch
  • Sort Code: 56 00 34
  • Account Number: 57134510
WarningYou must quote your Council Tax account number as the payment reference, or we may not be able to process your payment.
If you are making payments to multiple Council Tax accounts, to ensure we allocate payments correctly, please send a remittance advice to cashiering@bathnes.gov.uk

Pay in person

Pay at a council office

You can make your payment at our One Stop Shops in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton

Please note:

  • You will need to have your Council Tax account number with you.
  • Self-service payment machines are available for cash, debit and credit card payments.
  • To pay in cash, you can use coins or notes up to £20 in value. The machines cannot accept £50 notes.
  • The machines provide automatic payment receipts.
Pay at your local Post Office

If you already have a Post Office payment card, you can pay your Council Tax at your local Post Office.

Please note:

  • You must allow at least seven days for the payments to reach your Council Tax account.
  • Please make any cheques payable to “Post Office Ltd”.
WarningAfter paying, please keep the receipt that the Post Office provide you with, as this is your only proof of payment. 

To request a new Post Office payment card, please email your full name, address and Council Tax account number to counciltax@bathnes.gov.uk. Payment cards usually arrive within three weeks of the date we receive your request.

Pay by post

Send us a cheque

Please note:

  • You should make cheques payable to Bath & North East Somerset council.
  • Write your name, address and Council Tax account number on the back of your cheque.
  • Send your cheque to: Council Tax, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1JG.
  • It can take several days to process cheques, so allow plenty of time for your payment to be credited to your Council Tax account.
WarningWe cannot accept post-dated cheques, and we do not send receipts for cheque payments.

Find out more about Council Tax and benefits by following the links in the panel: More on Council Tax and Benefits.