How to pay your Business Rates

Payment methods

The normal method of payment will be by monthly instalments on the 1st, 15th or 25th of each month. You can pay over 10 or 12 months.

However if you prefer to make one annual payment for the year on 15 May or two half yearly payments, this can be arranged by contacting us.

Please don't forget the Council must receive your payments by the due dates.

In the interests of it's local Council Taxpayers, the Council has to take recovery action if payments are not received by the due dates.

This action may result in the cancellation of the instalment facility and could lead to legal action for the recovery of the total amount outstanding.

If you are having difficulty in paying your Non Domestic Rates it is important that you contact the Council as soon as possible to discuss payment arrangements.

If such action is necessary then this will result in additional costs relating to issuing a Court Summons and Bailiff Fees.

Methods of Payment

Direct Debit: The Council operates a Direct Debit system for payment which has the advantages of:

  • No queuing, cheques to write or letter to post
  • Three payment dates available - payment may be arranged for the 1st, 15th or 25th of the month


Pay by debit card or credit card online.


Telephone the automated 24-hour payment line on 01923 278989 and quote the Payment Reference shown on your bill, the amount of your payment, and your debit card or credit card number.  You will need your account number and a pen to make a note of your receipt number when you call the telephone payment line.

BACS Transfer

Quote our Bank Sort Code 30-99-21, our Bank Account No 04042285, and the Payment Reference shown on your bill.

By Post

Your payment together with the appropriate payment slip(s) should be sent to Watford Borough Council, Town Hall, Watford, WD17 3EX.

Cheques and Postal Orders should be crossed and made payable to 'Watford Borough Council'.

Receipts will not be issued for payments made by cheque unless specifically requested at the time of payment.

Please do not send cash through the post.



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