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Business rates payments

Business rates are usually payable in ten monthly instalments from April, with payment due on the 1st of the month. This can increased to a maximum of twelve on request and the payment date amended to the 20th.

The easiest way to pay is by direct debit.  

To set up payments by direct debit simply click on 'Business rates online services' above or contact the Business Rates Office (0113) 247 6983.
Alternatively if your bank requires a signature you can download the mandate below and return it to us - a scanned copy is acceptable.

Internet payments 

You can make safe and secure payments for your business rates, council tax, housing rents and other council invoices on line. Follow the online payment link on the right hand side of this page and select the bill or invoice you wish to pay.

BACS payment

If you wish to pay by this method your payment should be made payable to NatWest Head Office Collection Account No 00000000, sort code 57-12-72, quoting your account reference number prefixed with an N. You must also send a separate remittance advising us of the amount(s) and payment reference number(s) each time you make a payment so that we can allocate your payment correctly.

If you require any further information regarding this method of payment please contact us at the Business Rates office on (0113) 247 6983.

CHAPS Payment

If you wish to pay by this method you will need to quote the details below:

National Westminster Bank, Leeds City Office, 8 Park Row, Leeds​, LS1 1QS

Bank sort code:   60 60 05 

Bank account number:  08502560

IBAN number:   GB11 NWBK 6060 0508 5025 60

Please forward details of any payment made by this method to exchequer@leeds.gov.uk including the payment reference number, amount and date paid.

By debit card over the telephone

Please ring (0113) 395 7100 and follow the easy, step by step instructions. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

By standing order, telephone banking or PC banking.

Make your payments to NatWest, Head Office collection account no 00000000, sort code 57-12-72.  Please make sure you give your business rates account reference number with a N in front of it.

By post

Please ensure that you write your Business Rate account reference number and address of the property on the back of your cheque, make it payable to Leeds City Council, and send it to Leeds City Council, PO Box 60, Leeds, LS2 8JR.

Why is my rateable value higher than my rent?

The current rateable value is intended to be an estimate of the annual rent that a property would have received at 1st April 2008.If rents have fallen since then because of the economic situation the rateable value will not necessarily be reduced as well. The next revaluation, effective from 1st April 2015, will be based on the rent passing as at 1st April 2013, so any reduction in rents will be reflected then. Further information on how the rateable value has been calculated is available on the Valuation Office website.

Why have you sent me a Reminder/Summons?

​By law, the Council must send a Reminder if your instalments are not up-to-date. If you do not bring them up-to-date within 7 days and then keep them up to date, you lose the right to pay by instalments. If you do not comply with the Reminder, you will be sent a Summons and will have to pay court costs as well as your Business Rates.

If you receive a Summons and do not pay in full before the hearing, the Council will apply for a ‘liability order’. A liability order gives the Council the right to use bailiffs to obtain payment, to start Bankruptcy/Liquidation proceedings in certain circumstances, or to ask the Magistrates Court to commit a person to prison.