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Pay your business rates

Direct Debit

The easiest way to pay your business rates is by Direct Debit.

You can spread payments over 10 or 12 months, and you can choose to pay on either the:

  • 1st
  • 15th

To set up a Direct Debit, you need to call the Revenues and Benefits team on 01279 446688 to set up a Direct Debit. You will need your:

  • business rates account number
  • bank name, branch and sort code
  • bank account number and the name on the account

You can also complete the business rates Direct Debit form (pdf) and return it to us to set up a Direct Debit.

Online banking or telephone banking

You can transfer your business rates payment from your bank account into our bank account, using our bank details.

Contact the Revenues and Benefits team on 01279 446688 for our bank details.


You can pay your business rates online using most debit and credit cards.

You will need your business rates account number.


You can use our automated telephone payment line to pay your business rates using most debit and credit cards.

You need to call: 01279 446600

You will need your business rates account number.


You can pay your business rates by post using a cheque.

To pay by cheque, you need to:

  • make your cheque payable to Harlow Council
  • write your business rates account number and your address on the back of the cheque
  • send your cheque to us in the post, or post it in the secure box at the Civic Centre
  • include a stamped self-addressed envelope if you want us to send you a receipt

You can post your cheque to us at:

Revenues and Benefits
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
CM20 1WG

You should not send us post-dated cheques.

Pay over 12 months

To help you budget, you may be able to spread your business rates payments over 12 months (April to March) rather than the usual 10 (April to January).

To make this change, you need to contact the Revenues and Benefits team on 01279 446688 before the 1 April to receive the full 12 instalments for your next bill. 

If you contact us after 1 April, but before 15 May, we will divide the amount you owe over the remaining months in the year, which ends on 31 March.

Contact information

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

01279 446688