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Setting up a Direct Debit for Council Tax

To set up a Direct Debit you will need your:

  • Council Tax/Business Rates Reference number
  • Bank or Building Society name
  • Account Number
  • Sort Code
  • Branch Address

Set up a Direct DebitSet up a Direct Debit to pay your bill

or call 01274 437792

For Council Tax Payers

If you wish to set up a Direct Debit for Council Tax and the name on your Council Tax bill does not match the name on the bank account from which payments are to be taken, print off a form to complete and return.

Why pay by Direct Debit?

All Direct Debits are covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee.

Paying by Direct Debit is the easiest way to make payment because you don't have to carry cash, write cheques or sort out paperwork and postage. Your Bank or Building Society will do all the work for you and yet you remain in control.

When can I pay by Direct Debit?

For both Council Tax and Business Rates, we offer four payment dates: either the 5th, 10th, 15th or 25th of the month. You can also choose to pay over 10 or 12 months from the beginning of the financial year.

You can change your payment date by filling in the Direct Debit form

For Other Accounts (Miscellaneous Invoices or Sundry Debts) the payment date of the 5th of the month is offered.

When will my first payment come out of my account?

It usually takes 15 working days to process the Direct Debit. This may go past the date you have chosen for your Direct Debit. If this happens, payment will be taken the next month and your payments calculated to spread the cost over the remaining period.

What if I set up a Direct Debit but miss a payment?

If a payment is not received, we will write and tell you instead of sending out reminders. If we need to adjust your payments, we will send you a bill well in advance.

What should I do if my bank account has changed?

If your bank account details have changed, you can fill in the Direct Debit form to let us know.

What are you waiting for...

...make the switch to Direct Debit and help us to help you!

Set up a Direct DebitSet up a Direct Debit to pay your bill

Direct Debit Guarantee

This Guarantee is offered by all banks and building societies that accept instructions to pay Direct Debits.

If there are any changes to the amount, date or frequency of your Direct Debit, Bradford Council will notify you 10 working days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise agreed. If you request Bradford Council to collect a payment, confirmation of the amount and date will be given to you at the time of the request.

If an error is made in the payment of your Direct Debit, by Bradford Council or your bank or building society, you are entitled to full and immediate refund of the amount paid from your bank or building society.

If you receive a refund you are not entitled to, you must pay it back when Bradford Council asks you to.

You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by contacting your bank or building society.

Written confirmation may be required. Please also notify us.

Make the switch to Direct Debit and help us to help you.

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