Paying your Council Tax

We offer a range of easy and convenient ways to pay your Council Tax.

Always give your Council Tax account number when you make a payment. If you have changed address, you will need to tell us you have moved so we can give you a new number.

Ways to pay

Ways to pay your Council Tax
Payment iconWays to pay Council TaxPayment details
Direct Debit logo Set up a Direct Debit online

Set up or amend a Council Tax Direct Debit

Choose a monthly payment date; 1, 5, 10, 15, 22 or 27 of the month

You will need your bank account number and sort code 
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Internet banking

Remember to quote your Council Tax account number

Sort code: 20-24-41

Account no: 83728765

You need to make the payment a few days before the first of the month to make sure we get it in time

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 need to change the amount every April when you get your bill and find out your payments for the year.’
Credit card symbol Credit/debit card pay online
Payment line symbol Automated payment line

0300 123 5039

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Post Office logopay-point-logo-80px Pay at any UK Post Office or any shop that displays the PayPoint symbol 

You will need to take your bill with you to make payment using the barcode on the back

Post Offices will take debit card payments, you can use the Post Office Branch Finder to find your local Post Office

PayPoint will only take cash payments, you can use the PayPoint finder to find your nearest PayPoint store

Change the way you pay your instalments

Annual Council Tax bills are issued in March. You might get a new bill part way through the year if your circumstances change. You can ask for your instalments to be spread over 12 months from April to March if you have not already arranged this.

Contact the Council Tax team to arrange this as soon as you get your bill so we can change the details on your account.

You can choose to pay the full amount all in one go. To do this you’ll need to pay by 1 April.

Change your bank account details or direct debit arrangements

To change your bank account details or your direct debit arrangements use our direct debt form. Change your Council Tax direct debit

Paying less

Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to get a reduction on your Council Tax bill or some help towards paying it. See Council Tax reductions for occupied properties and  Council Tax and unoccupied properties. You must keep paying the amount on your current bill until we send you a new one.

Payment problems

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax we will do our best to help.

Direct Debit Guarantee Direct Debit logo

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, Cheshire East Council will tell you 10 working days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise agreed. If you ask us to collect a payment, we will confirm the amount and date at the time of the request.

If Cheshire East Council or your bank or building society make a mistake in taking a Direct Debit, you are entitled to a 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 we ask you to.

You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by simply contacting your bank or building society. They might ask for confirmation in writing. If you do cancel a Direct Debit, please tell us.

The reason we offer a choice of payment dates for Direct Debit and not for any other method is to encourage more people to decide to pay by Direct Debit. This is because Direct Debits cost far less to process than any other type of payments – so when you pay by Direct Debit, more of your Council Tax goes directly to providing services.

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Page last reviewed: 30 June 2021