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Advice and support to help manage the rising cost of living.

Pay your business rates

There are a number of payment options available in order to pay your business rates.

Council Tax and Business Rates Direct Debits

Due to a technical issue Direct Debit payments for Council Tax and Business Rates which would normally be taken on 15 August have been collected a day early.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

What's happening

If you have a Direct Debit set up to pay your Council Tax or Business Rates on the 15th of each month you'll find that our bank has taken the payment a day early this month. This means that our bank has taken the payment today (14 August) rather than on 15 August.

What to do

If this will cause you a problem or if you would like any advice on what to do please contact us.

Telephone: 01799 510510


Find information about Direct Debits on the Direct Debit website.


Updated: 10:22 on 14 August 2023

Direct Debit

Set up a simple Direct Debit to pay your business rates.

Direct Debit is a simple, safe and convenient way to manage your household bills or make regular or occasional payments from your bank account. You agree with us the amount to be collected and the date of payment. From then on the amount will be deducted from your account as agreed.

If we need to change the amount or collection date, we have to notify you first.

Set up a Direct Debit

Download the Direct Debit instruction (PDF) [122KB]

It easy to send it to us. Just complete the form and email it to

Or if that is not possible, please post it to:

Uttlesford District Council, Council Offices, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4ER

If you use Direct Debit to pay for other council services (e.g. Council Tax, housing rent), you will need to complete a separate form for each service you wish to pay for.

Once you have sent us the form we will do the rest - it is that easy.

You can also set up a Direct Debit over the phone. Please contact our customer service centre on 01799 510510 for more information about, and assistance with, setting up a Direct Debit.


You can pay your business rates online by using our online payments form. 

Pay online 

The payments system has been designed to be used with Internet Explorer.

Please note that the facility to pay online is unavailable from between 17:25 and 17:40 every day.

Other ways to pay

We have a number of other ways to pay your business rates including:

  • by telephone
  • internet banking
  • by post