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Pay my business rates

Manage my business rates payments

The due date for all methods of payment is the first day of the month. You must make arrangements to ensure your payments are received by this date. If you are sent a closing bill then the full amount is due within 14 days and there is no right to instalments.

Payment frequencies

You can pay your business rates:

  • monthly
  • every six months - due on 1 April and 1 October
  • annually - due 1 April

If you would like to pay your bill over 12 monthly instalments please submit a request using our general enquiry form. The request must be received by 1 February each year.

If you are sent a new or revised bill after April, you will need to pay your bill in less than 10 instalments. You will be sent a bill informing you of the amounts and the dates to make payment.

Late or missed payments

You must allow enough time for your payments to reach your business rates account before the due date. If the payment is not received by the date shown on your bill,  we may issue a reminder notice which could lead to the monthly payment arrangement being cancelled. If the arrangement is cancelled, the remaining amount is payable in full straight away. For more information please see our factsheet.

Applications for business rates relief

If you have submitted an application for business rates relief and are waiting for a decision, you must continue to pay your business rates as stated on your bill, until you are advised that your application has been approved.

Appeals

If you are making an appeal against your rateable value or relief, you must continue to pay your business rates as stated on your bill, until you are advised that your application has been approved.

Overpaid business rates

We will only issue a refund in instances where a valid overpayment is made on the account. Find out more about refunds.

If you are struggling with debt and need advice to help pay your business rates please visit business debtline.