Paying business rates

Pay business rates by Direct Debit


Rates assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19

The Finance Minister has announced a further £213 million of business rates support in addition to the emergency £100 million rates package to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. Find out more about COVID-19: Emergency rates package for businesses.

Direct Debit is easy to set up and helps you to spread the cost of your business rate bill. Through a new online facility, it is now easy to set up a Direct Debit online. There are three Direct Debit collection dates each month. You can choose from the 7th, 15th or 28th of each month as your preferred collection date and funds will be collected on or around your chosen date.

Once a Direct Debit has been set up for a rate account, it will continue each year, without further action from you. If you miss Direct Debit payments for two consecutive months, the facility may be withdrawn and you will have to make alternative payment arrangements.

You can also set up your Direct Debit for single payment and your payment will be taken automatically every year.

Download the Land & Property Services (LPS) information for Direct Debit customers (PDF, 332K).

How to set up a Direct Debit

You can set up a Direct Debit online to pay your rates.

You can also set up a Direct Debit by downloading and completing the Direct Debit application form (PDF, 756K).

Alternatively you can call the LPS helpline with your bank or building society details and they will set the Direct Debit up for you. You can contact LPS by the following methods:

  • Tel 0300 200 7801 (charged at local rate)
  • Tel +44 28 9049 5794 if calling from outside the UK
  • Text relay 18001 0300 200 7801

Please note: Most LPS services are available, but LPS Customer Information Centres remain closed until further notice. The Ordnance Survey helpline remains closed until further notice, however queries can be directed to Helplines for rating and valuation, housing benefit, rates relief and land registration are open.

Closures will be kept under regular review in line with further Government announcements. Further information on service updates, helpline numbers and reaching LPS by email are available on the LPS website.

Download the LPS information on the rate bill explained for instalment customers (PDF, 604K).