When and how to pay your Business Rates (Non-Domestic Rates)

We send you a Business Rates bill in March every year for the 12 months starting on the 1 April that year. If you move into a property part way through the year, you'll get a bill that just covers what's left of the year.

There are different options for when to pay and how to pay. Whichever option you choose, you must pay by the due date. You can't wait until the end of the year.

When to pay Business Rates

Paying Business Rates by monthly instalments

The bill is normally split into 10 monthly payments (instalments) running from April to January. You'll pay fewer instalments if your bill is less than £500 because there is a minimum charge of £50 each month. 

You can choose to make 12 instalments instead of 10. You can set up a direct debit for either 10 or 12 payments. 

You have a choice of payment dates if you pay by direct debit. Otherwise, you must pay by the first day of the month. 

Paying Business Rates annually 

Payment must be with us by 1 April for the year ahead.

Paying Business Rates half-yearly 

Payments must be with us by 1 April and 1 September.

How to pay your Business Rates

You can pay your Business Rates in several ways. Whichever method you choose, you must allow time for the money to reach us by the due date.

Paying Business Rates by Direct Debit

Direct Debit logoDirect debit is the easiest way to pay your Business Rates.

If you're authorised as a sole signatory to sign for an amount at least equal to the total Business Rates due for the year, you can set up a direct debit by completing our online Business Rates direct debit form. You can also change between 10 and 12 monthly instalments this way.

You need:

  • to decide whether you want to pay 10 or 12 monthly instalments
  • to choose a monthly payment date - 1st, 15th or 27th of the month
  • your bank account number and sort code
  • your Business Rates account number (it’s on your bill)
  • to allow at least 10 working days before the first payment date

If you need two signatories to approve the amount on the bill, you'll need to fill-in and print our online Business Rates direct debit form and send it to us - we can't set up the direct debit over the phone.

Once the direct debit is set up, you'll get a revised bill to confirm payments. You don’t need to do anything even when the amount you need to pay us changes. We’ll change the direct debit so you keep paying the right amount.

Paying Business Rates online through our secure payments page

You can pay your Business Rates through our secure payments page.

You need:

  • your Business Rates account number from your bill
  • a credit or debit card

Paying Business Rates using online banking

You can pay from your online bank account. You can set up a regular payment (standing order) so you don’t have to remember to pay every month, or you can make one-off payments each time. If you set up a regular payment, you’ll need to change the amount every March when you get your bill and find out your payments for the following 12 months.

To pay your Business Rates through your online banking you need:

  • our bank account number (83728765)
  • our sort code (20-24-41)
  • your Business Rates account number from your bill

It's important to make each payment a few days before the first day of the month to make sure we get it in time. Make sure you quote your Business Rates account number as the payee reference so we know you've paid.

Please send your remittance advice to ratesbacs@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Paying Business Rates using Pingit 


Pay using Barclays Pingit by downloading the app from your App Store. For further information please visit the Pingit website.

Paying Business Rates over the phone

You can call us on 0300 123 5039 to pay your Business Rates bill. It’s an automated service so it’s always open.

When you call, make sure you have your debit or credit card and your Business Rates account number – it’s on your bill. 

Paying Business Rates at a Post Office or PayPoint 

Pay Point logo

You can pay at your local post office or at any shop that shows the PayPoint symbol. You can pay by debit card or cash at a post office, but only with cash at a PayPoint shop. You can't use an allpay prepayment card. 

Take your bill with you, as the bar code gives the information the shop will need. 

Paying Business Rates by post

You can send a cheque made payable to 'Cheshire East Council' to:

Revenues Service
Cheshire East Council
PO Box 622

Please write your Business Rates account number on the back of the cheque.

Problems paying your Business Rates

If you can't pay your Business Rates, you must let us know as soon as possible.

You can:

The longer you leave contacting us the bigger your arrears will become and the harder it will be to make a payment arrangement to clear the debt.

If you don't pay on time, we'll start the recovery process and legal costs will be added to your debt.

Contact us

Contact Business Rates online

Business Rates Team available for telephone enquiries:
Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 17:00

0300 123 5013

Revenues Service 
Cheshire East Council
PO Box 622

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