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.

View your business rates details online (External link)
Pay business rates and bid accounts online (External link)

Direct Debit

The easiest way to pay is by Direct Debit. To set up payments by Direct Debit, visit the Business rates online services page or email You can also call 0113 376 0359.

Alternatively if your bank requires a signature you can download the mandate form from the related documents section 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 online. Follow the online payment link 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:

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

Quote 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 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 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
P.O. BOX 60
Leeds, LS2 8JR



Why have you sent me a Reminder/Summons?Why have you sent me a Reminder/Summons?<div class="ExternalClassDC9A2739EC6E4637B45D1FF4BD214303">​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 may have to pay court costs as well as your Business Rates.<br><br>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.​</div>
Why is my rateable value higher than my rent?Why is my rateable value higher than my rent?<div class="ExternalClassB7AA1505C1D84F30A4AB6146629891B9">​The current rateable value is intended to be an estimate of the annual rent that a property would have received at 1 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 1 April 2017, is based on the rent passing as at 1 April 2015, so any reduction in rents will be reflected then. Details of the new rateable values in the 2017 Rating List, and in most cases a summary of how they have been calculated, can be found on the <a href="">Valuation Office Agency website</a>.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>



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