Business Rates payment methods

How to pay your Business Rates

You can pay your Business Rates online, by direct debit, credit or debit card, standing order, cheque or in cash.

If you need to lower your monthly amount you can arrange to pay over 12 months (April to March). To do this you must have contacted the Council by 15 May. Once you have applied, future bills for future years will automatically be sent with 12 instalments.

Details of your payment instalments are shown on your latest Business Rates bill.

Paying by Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the only payment scheme offering a guaranteed refund in the unlikely event of an error. To avoid the extra expense of setting up new payment arrangements at the beginning of the next financial year, it is important that the current instructions are not cancelled when the final instalment has been collected this year.

Direct Debit remains the cheapest and most convenient method of paying Business Rates. With this method you can choose to pay either on the 1st or 15th of the month. The advantages and safeguards of paying by Direct Debit are:

  • Payment dates are not overlooked
  • No need to write out cheques
  • No unnecessary trips to the Post Office, bank or elsewhere
  • Budgeting and cash flow can be planned effectively
  • No need to complete a new instruction each year
  • If an error does occur, you will be reimbursed immediately and without question by your bank
  • Any variations to amounts and/or payment dates will be notified in advance, allowing time for you to respond

For peace of mind you are assured that we will always send you a bill showing your instalment amounts and due dates at least 14 days before payment is requested from your bank.

If you would like to start paying by Direct Debit please call Business Rates office on: 01279 446688 with your bank details to hand. The Business Rates office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (closed bank holidays).

Or please complete and sign the Business Rates Direct Debit Form (pdf) and return to:

Revenues and Benefits
Harlow Council
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
Harlow
Essex
CM20 1WG

Paying by credit/debit card

Please note: there is a charge of 2% for all credit card transactions for Business Rates

You can pay in the following ways:

Paying by standing order

If you would like to start paying by standing order please contact us to find out our bank details.

If you are already paying by standing order please contact us to find out our bank details as these changed during December 2014. Also, please ensure your bank payments to Harlow Council’s bank match the instalment amounts shown on your latest Business Rates bill.

Paying by your bank's telephone internet banking

If you would like to make a payment using you bank's telephone internet banking please contact us to find out our bank details as these changed during December 2014 and then contact your bank with your Business Rates account reference and Harlow Council's bank details.

Paying by cheque

Please make cheques payable to Harlow Council and ensure you write your Business Rates account reference on the back. The Business Rates account reference is on the business rates bill. Please note: post-dated cheques are not accepted. You can pay cheques in person at Contact Harlow at the Civic Centre or post to:

Revenues and Benefits
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
Harlow
Essex
CM20 1WG

Paying by cash

You can pay in person at Contact Harlow at the Civic Centre. You must quote your Business Rates account reference when paying and if you require a receipt please request one at the time of payment.

Important! Please do not send cash through the post!