Council tax billing

Council Tax is a tax set by local authorities to meet their budget requirement. It helps pay for the services provided to the citizens of Bolton.

  • Change the way you pay your instalments

    • Annual bills in Bolton are usually issued in March to be paid by 10 monthly instalments from April to January. However, you can ask for your instalments to be spread over 12 months from April to March.

      You can also:

      » choose to pay weekly, fortnightly, four weekly or monthly
      » pay by direct debit, standing order, cash, cheque, debit or credit card

      If you wish to change how you pay your council tax, complete the online form.

      Change your council tax instalments

  • Make a payment online

    • If you are making a payment you will need your council tax reference number. Your reference number is eight digits long starting with the number four or six.

      Make a payment online

  • View your account online

    • You can see how your council tax bill has been calculated and your outstanding balance. You can also:

      » check the payments you have made and when any future payments are due
      » set up or amend a direct debit
      » view or print your current and previous bills

      View your account online

      The website is available 24 hours a day and it is updated regularly, so you can see up to date information and check the progress of changes you have told us about. You will need to register but you will only need to do this once. 

  • Information about council tax and other services 2018/19

    • A brief description of the contents of the council tax and other information booklet 2018/19 is given below.

      » How your money is spent, the charges for each band, how to query your band, discounts, disablement reduction, exemptions, what to do if you have problems paying

      » the council’s budget plan for 2018/19 and how much of your council tax is spent on each service

      » Your information - covers data sharing and data protection

      » Are you entitled to benefits? - information about council tax support, housing benefit and other welfare benefits

      » Free school meals and clothing allowance - what these are, whether you qualify and how to apply

      Council tax and other information booklet

      Furniture 4U leaflet

  • Precepts and levies 2018/19

  • Bolton Hospice

    • Please see Bolton Hospice’s leaflet to find out about donating items or volunteering to work in one of the shops. The leaflet also contains information about a new café that is due to open in April. Bolton Hospice leaflet

Council Tax

P.O. Box 32

Town Hall



Telephone 01204 331599
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