This page tells you the different ways you can pay your Council Tax .
If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax we can help you. For more information see the related page What if you can't pay your Council Tax? .
Annual bills are sent out in March and you can choose to pay in one lump sum, half-yearly, or 10 monthly instalments from April to January. These instalments are due on the 10th of each month - this means that payments need to reach your Council Tax account by this date.
The easiest way to pay your Council Tax is by Direct Debit.
Setting up a Direct Debit or changing the payment date
If you choose to pay by Direct Debit you have a choice of three dates, either the 10th, the 20th, or the last day of the month, and you can choose to pay your annual Council Tax over 12 months rather than 10. You can set up or change a Direct Debit online by using Top Tasks. Setting up a new Direct Debit override your old one if you already had one active on your account. You will need your Council Tax reference number and bank account details.
You can also set up a Direct Debit by:
What happens next?
- downloading the Direct Debit instruction from the Documents section
- phoning us with your bank account details and Council Tax reference number.
We will send you a Direct Debit confirmation letter at least 10 days before your first payment is due. Then each month on the due date we will ask for payment direct from your bank account.
Other ways to pay
By 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 which you will find 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' to do this.
You can pay at any of the following for free - just take your Council Tax bill with you:
A Post Office - by cash, debit card or cheque (payable to Post Office Ltd).
Paypoint outlets – by cash only.
Payzone outlets – by cash or debit card.
More information on other online Council Tax services such as registering for e-billing can be found on the Council Tax online services related page.