Business rates

Paying your business rates

Your bill will normally show 10 instalments and you will be expected to pay those instalments unless you confirm in writing that you want to pay annually or half yearly. If you want to pay in 12 instalments, you need to contact us. The number of instalments is reduced if you are billed later in the financial year.

You can access your business rates account online and set up a direct debit

Direct Debit

The simplest and safest way to pay your council tax or business rates is by direct debit. It's a faster and more secure method of payment and you have a choice of payment dates.

Only with direct debit are you guaranteed an immediate refund in the unlikely event of an error. Paying by direct debit is the cheapest way for us to collect payments and helps us to reduce costs.

Already 57% of business rates payers in Pendle have decided that direct debit is a convenient and safe way to pay.

Once you've set up your direct debit there's nothing more to do as payments will be automatically taken from your bank or building society.

If you pay by direct debit, you have the choice of two payment dates:

21st day of the month by 10 instalments (April to January), 
First day of the month by 10 instalments (April to January),
These choices are only offered to Direct Debit payers because our collection costs are much cheaper

The Direct Debit Guarantee

This guarantee is offered by all banks and building societies which take part in the direct debit scheme. The efficiency and security of the scheme is monitored and protected by your own bank or building society.

If the amounts to be paid, or the payment dates change, we will notify you 14 working days in advance of your account being debited, or as otherwise agreed.

If an error is made by us or your bank or building society, you're guaranteed a full and immediate refund from your branch for the amount paid.

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 writing to your bank or building society. Please send a copy of your letter to us.

We do not stop or delay reminder action during the main holiday periods. Please remember to pay your business rates before you go on holiday or leave the country.