How To Pay Your Council Tax

Your bill is issued with ten instalments - payable monthly (as required by the law governing Council Tax). Details of how to pay are shown on your Council Tax Bill.

From 1st April 2013, Council Tax payers are offered the choice of paying over 12 monthly instalments in one financial year.

Please note that the Civic Centre does not offer a cash receipting service, please make your payment using one of the other methods detailed below.

By Direct Debit

Direct Debit is recommended to all our customers, as this is the most efficient method of payment. Instalments are automatically collected from your Bank or Building Society as they fall due so there is no paperwork to bother with once it is set up. You will always be informed well in advance of your monthly instalments giving you time to query them if necessary.

The Council offers a choice of dates for Direct Debit: 3rd, 4th, 10th, 17th, 20th, 24th or 28th of the month.

To set up a Direct Debit over the telephone, or request a form to be sent out to you, please call the Council Tax helpline on 01785 619279, or email

Credit And Debit Cards

You can pay either over the Internet using our on-line payments facility or by telephoning our automated telephone payment line on 08455 053 729 or 0161 621 4111.

You will need your Account Reference Number, your card details and the amount you wish to pay.

Payments may take up to 2 working days to be credited your Council Tax account.

Please note there is a minimum transaction amount of £10.00. There is no charge for this service if you are paying by Debit Card and an additional charge of 1.3% if paying by credit card.

Through your Bank or Building Society

Please quote your Account Reference Number, the Council's Account Number 10841722 Barclays Bank plc, Stafford, Sort Code 20-81-00.

Please note payments may take up to 10 working days to credit your Council Tax account.

At A Post Office

Trans-cash forms are available at most Post Offices. Please quote your Account Reference Number, Name and Address and the Council's Giro Account Number 4134125.

The Post Office will charge a handling fee for this service.

Please note payments may take up to 14 working days to credit your Council Tax account.

Payment Card

Payment cards may be ordered by calling the Council Tax helpline on 01785 619279 or you can request a card by e-mail These cards allow payment to be made at any PayPoint facility.


Tel: 01785 619279
Fax: 01785 619219
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