Business rates payments

Find out how to pay business rates by Direct Debit, by bank transfer, by phone, by post and online. 

Business rates are usually paid in 10 monthly payments, starting in April. But you can request to pay in 12 monthly payments instead.

By default, each payment is due on the 1st of the month. You can request to move your payment date to the 20th of the month.

Set up or change a Direct Debit

You can use our online form to set up a new Direct Debit. You can also use it to change the bank details and payment date on an existing Direct Debit.

If you're making changes to a Direct Debit, you will need to complete the form in full. This will replace your existing details.

To set up or change a Direct Debit online you will need:

  • your business rates account number
  • your bank account number and sort code
  • the names on the bank account
Set up or change a Direct Debit online (External link)

Alternatively, if your bank requires a signature, you can download the Direct Debit form (PDF, 357KB) External link and return it to us. We'll accept a printed copy by post or a digital scanned copy to

Internet payments

You can make safe and secure payments for your business rates, council tax, housing rents and other council invoices online. 

Pay business rates and bid accounts online External link

BACS payment

If you wish to pay by BACS, your payment should be made payable to:

National Westminster Bank
Account No. 00000000
Sort code 57-12-72

Quote your account reference number prefixed with an N.
For example: N901234567.

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 the Business Rates office on 0113 376 0359.

CHAPS Payment

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

National Westminster Bank
Leeds City Office, 8 Park Row
Leeds​, LS1 1QS
Sort code: 60 60 05
Account No. 08502560
IBAN number: GB11 NWBK 6060 0508 5025 60

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

By debit card over the phone

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:

National Westminster Bank
Account No. 00000000
Sort code 57-12-72

Please make sure you give your business rates account reference number with the letter N in front of it.

By post

Please ensure that you write your business rates 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
P.O. BOX 60
Leeds, LS2 8JR



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