This page explains the different ways to pay your Council Tax bill, what to do if you are struggling to pay and what will happen if you don't pay on time or don't pay at all.
Council Tax is usually due in monthly instalments. If your annual bill is sent in March, you will be given 10 instalments from April to January. However we can extend your instalments to March if you ask us in writing.
The easiest way to pay is to set up a Direct Debit online.You will need your Council Tax reference number and bank account details.
You can also set up a Direct Debit by:
- Telephone - you can phone us using the telephone tab in Contact us on this page with your bank account details and Council Tax reference number.
- Post - go to Documents, print off and fill in a Direct Debit form, then post it to us.
Once you have set the Direct Debit up, you don’t need to ring us – we’ll send you a Direct Debit confirmation letter at least 10 days before your first payment is due. Each month on the due date we will ask your bank for payment direct from your bank account.
Other ways to pay
Standing order, telephone banking or online banking
Make payments to:
NatWest, Head Office Collection Account No 00000000, sort code 57-12-72.
Please give your Council Tax account number (it is on your bill).
By debit card over the telephone - available every day, 24 hours a day
Phone (0113) 395 7100 and follow the easy, step-by-step instructions.
Over the internet - available every day, 24 hours a day
You can pay safely and securely online - go to 'Top tasks'.
Pay in person
You can pay at any Post Office, Paypoint or Payzone outlet for free - just take your Council Tax bill with you. At the Post Office you can pay by cash or cheque (payable to Post Office Ltd), or debit card, but Paypoint outlets are cash-only and Payzone outlets accept only cash or debit card payments.
If you are struggling to pay
Contact us using the form under 'Contact Us' - please include your account number and/or address on the form. For those who have special communication needs, there is information on our Equal Access arrangements in the document 'Contacting the Council Tax office'.
If you don’t pay, or don’t pay on time
Council Tax regulations set out the actions we will take if you do not pay your Council Tax instalments on time. For more information see the related page 'What happens if you don't pay'.