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Paying Business Rates

Business rates are normally payable in 10 monthly instalments. Here are some ways that you can pay.

Business rates are normally payable in 10 monthly instalments. From the 1 April 2014 business now have the legal right to ask for 12 monthly instalments for their rates bill rather than the usual 10 monthly instalments. Businesses wishing to take advantage of this new option should contact the Business Rates Section.

Direct Debit

As these bills are payable monthly, but we do not issue reminders each month, many people face recovery action when they have forgotten to make their payment each month. The easiest way to avoid these problems is to use Direct Debit.

If you do not already pay by Direct Debit and wish to take up this option, please complete and return an instruction on the back of your bill to the Business Rates Section.

If you already pay by Direct Debit, you do not have to complete a new instruction. Your Direct Debit will carry over to the new year, or if you move, new property.

The advantages of paying by Direct Debit: Direct Debit is safe and convenient and you are covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee. This guarantee is offered by all banks and building societies that take part in the Direct Debit scheme. The efficiency and security of the scheme is monitored and protected by your own bank or building society.

As part of the guarantee, if the amounts to be paid or the payment dates change, Uttlesford District Council will notify you 10 days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise agreed. If an error is made by Uttlesford Council or your bank or building society, you are guaranteed a full and immediate refund from your branch of the amount paid. You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by contacting your bank or building society. Please also inform Uttlesford District Council Business Rates Section.

Other ways to pay your business rates


You can pay your Council Tax, rent, Business Rates (NNDR), Building Control fees, Planning Application fees, licensing fees or Housing Benefit overpayments online by using our online payments form.


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Please email us at  or call us on 01799 510510 if you have a query or experience any problems. Please note that we can only respond during office hours 9am to 5pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9am to 4.30pm (Friday).

Internet Banking

The Council accepts internet banking payments. We would request that you include your reference number in any payment. The Council's bank details are Account number 20999555 Sort Code 20-74-21.
Please note: If you wish  to make payments to your Rent Account (for council dwellings and garages only) you should use the following bank details: Account number 80940143 Sort code 20-74-21.

Further information about how to pay your bill is printed on the reverse of your bill, or see our Ways to Pay page.


Additional information

► Business rates relief

► Business Rates Debt Recovery - What happens if I do not pay on time?

Contact the Customer Services Team