If you're making a payment in response to a reminder notice or court summons, please pay the amount requested on the notice in order to avoid further recovery action. If you're unsure about what you need to pay, please contact the Recovery team on 01225 47 77 77. 

If you're having problems keeping up with your Council Tax payments, please see Problems paying your Council Tax? for advice.

There are several ways to pay your Council Tax

Online  /  Telephone  /  Direct Debit  /  BACS  /  In person  /  By post


Pay online by debit or credit card.

Enter your Council Tax account number in the ‘Reference’ box, followed by the amount you need to pay.

Pay your Council Tax online

It may take up to two working days for payments to show on your account.


Call our 24 hour automated payment line and pay by debit or credit card.

You'll need to choose 'Council Tax' from the list of options, and then enter your Council Tax account number and the amount you need to pay.

Call 0845 372 3501* 

*This call will cost you 3p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

It may take up to two working days for payments to show on your account.

Direct Debit

Direct Debit is a simple, safe and speedy way to pay. This is the cheapest way for us to collect payments and helps to keep your rates down.

Your payments will automatically be taken from your Bank or Building Society account on your preferred payment date (1st or 15th of the month).

To pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit:

Online banking or BACS

Make your payment using the following details:

Bank: National Westminster Bank, Old Bank Branch
Sort Code: 56 00 34
Account Number: 57134510
Account Name: Bath & North East Somerset Council

Please quote your Council Tax account number as the payment reference. Failure to do so may result in the payment not reaching your account.

To ensure payments are allocated correctly, please send all remittance advices to cashiering@bathnes.gov.uk.

In person

At Council Offices:

Payments can be made at One Stop Shops in BathKeynsham and Midsomer Norton.

Self-service payment kiosks are available for cash, debit and credit card payments. These machines are unable to accept £50 notes.

You will need to have your Council Tax account number with you.

At your local Post Office:

If you have a plastic payment card you can pay your Council Tax at your local Post Office. You must always allow for at least 7 days for the payments to reach your Council Tax account. All cheques should be made payable to “Post Office Ltd”. Please keep your receipt as this is your proof of payment. 

To request a Post Office payment card, please email your full name, address and Council Tax account number to counciltax@bathnes.gov.uk. Payment cards usually arrive within 2-3 weeks of processing your request.

By post

Make cheques payable to Bath & North East Somerset Council. Write your name, address and account number on the back of your cheque. We cannot accept post-dated cheques and we do not send receipts for cheque payments.

Send your cheques to:
Council Tax
Lewis House
Manvers Street

It can take several days to process cheques, so allow plenty of time for your payment to be credited to your Council Tax account.

Pay in 12 monthly instalments

If you haven’t already asked us to spread your payments over 12 months, your annual Council Tax bill (issued in March) will have been broken down into 10 monthly instalments, payable between April and January. 

If you would like to spread your payments over 12 months, please email counciltax@bathnes.gov.uk. Your current bill will be recalculated to give the maximum number of instalments available for the rest of this year, up to March 2018, and your future annual bills will automatically be payable over 12 months.

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