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Paying business rates

You can pay your business rates by:

  • ten monthly instalments
  • twelve monthly instalments (please contact us if you would like twelve instalments)
  • a lump sum payment on 1 April
  • two half-yearly payments on 1 April and 1 September

Ways to pay

Pay online

Pay business rates

You can pay online with a credit or debit card 24 hours a day using our secure service.

Direct Debit

Set up a business rates direct debit

Direct Debit payments for business rates can be collected on either the 1 or 15 of the month.

Automated telephone payments (24 hour service)

0345 034 8660

You can pay by phone with a credit or debit card 24 hours a day using our automated telephone payments system (calls cost no more than dialling an 01 or 02 number).

BACS

You can pay your council bills and services by BACS. Please ensure you quote the relevant council reference number in the narrative field. If you are unsure what that is then please contact the relevant department for advice.

Our bank details are as follows:

Sort code: 20-74-38
Account number: 03096750

Post Office and PayPoint outlet

Pay your business rates in cash or by debit card at any PayPoint outlet or Post Office. To make a payment, all you'll need from us is a bar coded bill/letter or a rent payments card.

Currently the nearest cash payment point to the High Wycombe office is the Post Office in Castle Street.Find your nearest Post Office and PayPoint outlet.

Council tax payments can be made by cash at your bank or building society, using the payment slips provided with your bill. If you have not received payment slips with your bill, please call our Council Tax team on 01494 412 226. Some banks may charge you for this service.

Cheque

Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to "Buckinghamshire Council", unless stated otherwise. Please ensure that you write your name, address and reference number on the back of your cheque before sending it by post to: Buckinghamshire Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1BB. Alternatively you can put it in the post box in the reception area of our High Wycombe office.

Please do not send cash, debit or credit card details through the post.

If you require a receipt for your payment you will need to include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your payment.

Pay your business rates at any Post Office branch by cheque. To make a payment, you will need a bar coded bill/letter or a rent payment card. Cheques should be made payable to "Post Office Counters Ltd".

Council tax payments can be made by cheque at your bank or building society, using the payment slips provided with your bill. If you have not received payment slips with your bill, please call our Council Tax team on 01494 412 226. Some banks may charge you for this service.

Business rates recovery procedure

If you do not pay your business rates, we will need to start recovery procedures. If you are struggling to pay your rates, please do contact us as early as possible as we may be able to help before the recovery procedure begins.

Here's how the procedure works:

Will will send only one reminder during the year. We do not send reminders each time a payment is missed or is late. Once we send a reminder, if you don't pay or miss a further payment, you will lose the right to pay by instalments. You will get a Magistrates' Court summons for the balance of the year's charge.

If you don't pay the amount by the court date, we will apply to the Magistrates' Court for a Liability Order with costs. If you still  don't pay or you don't abide by subsequent arrangement, the Liability Order will be passed to a bailiff and further costs added.

Contact information

  • Telephone: 01494 412 226