Make a payment online

If you are making a payment you will need your business rates reference number. Your reference number is eight digits long starting with the number five. 

Make a payment online  

View your account online

You can see how your business rates 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.

If you require any further information about your business rates such as a statement of your account or details of your property valuation, please contact us. 

Business rates 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. If you wish to change your instalments, please contact the business rates office.

On business rates you can set up a direct debit for monthly payments, these will be made automatically until you ask your bank to stop them. 

Complete the online direct debit form  

Information about business rates and other services 2018/19

2018/19 Business Rates Explanatory Notes  

This contains information about:
    » what business rates are
    » rateable values
    » the rating multiplier
    » the 2017 revaluation and transitional arrangements
    » charges on unoccupied properties
    » reliefs and discounts
    » advice about rating advisors

 Council tax and other information booklet 2018/19 

Precepts and levies 2018/19

Click on the links below for information about the council tax precepts and levies: 

    » Greater Manchester Combined Authority     

Business Growth Hub

The Business Growth Hub provide fully funded business support to Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) across Greater Manchester, find out more at  

      Business Rates

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      Telephone 01204 331730
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