Ways to pay your council tax

We offer a range of easy and convenient ways to pay your council tax. You can also change the frequency of your payments and spread them over 12 months from April to March.

  • Change the way you pay your instalments

    • Annual council tax bills in Bolton are usually issued in March to be paid over 10 months 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 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 the way you pay  

  • Set up a direct debit online

    • You can set up a direct debit for weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments.

      » it is quick and easy to set up
      » you stay in control as you can cancel at any time
      » you have peace of mind as you are protected by the direct debit guarantee. For further information on the direct debit guarantee is available at www.directdebit.co.uk.

      To complete this form you will need your council tax account number and your bank account details. 

      Complete the online direct debit form  

  • Make a payment online

    • If you have a credit or debit card you can pay online. You will need your council tax account number and your credit or debit card details.

      There is a minimum transaction amount of £5.

      Make a payment online

      If you use a credit card to pay, a surcharge of 1.463% will be payable. This reflects the bank's charges to the Council for accepting credit card payments. 

  • Pay at the Post Office or Pay Point

    • To pay your council tax at the Post Office or Pay Point you will need to take your council tax bill or swipe card with you.

      Further information is shown on your bill.

  • Pay over the telephone

    • You can ring our automated telephone payment service on 01204 520233 or 01204 520244 which is available 24 hours.

      If you prefer to speak to us, you can pay your bill by credit or debit card by ringing us on 01204 331634 between 8.30am and 5.30pm.

      For planning and building applications please call 01204 336000 between 8.30am and 5.30pm.

      You will need your council tax account number and your credit or debit card details.

      There is a minimum transaction amount of £5.

      If you use a credit card to pay, a surcharge of 1.463% will be payable. This reflects the bank's charges to the Council for accepting credit card payments  

  • Making payments using the internet or telephone banking

    • If you want to pay an account using your internet or telephone banking, please include the following details to ensure your payment is allocated to your account correctly:

      » Bolton MBC sort code: 20 10 71
      » Account number: 63694895
      » Your council tax account number for the bill you are paying

      Please note that payments made by this method could take up to five working days to be debited from your account, because of the way the banking system operates.

Council Tax

Po Box 32

Bolton

BL1 1RX

Telephone 01204 331599

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