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How to pay your council tax

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Council tax is payable on any domestic dwellings including houses, bungalows, flats, maisonettes, mobile homes and houseboats whether owned or rented and is charged to pay for services we provide.

Direct debit

We recommend that you pay your council tax by direct debit because it is the easiest way for you. It is also the only payment method that gives you a choice of payment dates - choose to pay on the 1, 9, 18 or 25 of the month.

You also have the option of paying over 10 or 12 months.

How to set up a direct debit

The quickest way to set up a direct debit is by using the online form on the right hand under Online Forms. There is no requirement to print this form unless more than one signature is required.

In order to set up a direct debit instruction online, you will need to provide:

  • Bank/building society name
  • Sort code
  • Account number
  • Name of account holder

You are covered by the direct debit guarantee and Cherwell District Council will always give you 10 working days if the amount to be debited is increased, or the date or frequency of payments change.

Council tax direct debit with signature
Council tax direct debit without signature

Online payments by credit or debit card

Pay Council tax online

You can pay online now using our secure site by credit or debit card 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Please ensure you have your 8 digit council tax account number to hand when making this payment.

By phone

Please have your council tax account reference number to hand when you telephone to make payment.

You can make a credit or debit card payment through our automated payment service by phoning 01295 227073.

This service does not issue a payment receipt but does quote a payment reference number, which we would advise you to make a note of so it might be handy for you to have a pen and paper available when you call.

At Pay Point outlets

You can pay your council tax by cash only at any outlet displaying the Pay Point logo. To make payment you will need your council tax bill or other document displaying a barcode. Please ensure this bill is for the address that the payment is for.

You can find your nearest Pay Point outlet via the PayPoint outlet locator.

At the post office

You can pay at any post office by cash, cheque or debit card if you have a council tax bill or other document with a printed barcode for the address that the payment is for. You can find your nearest Post Office via the Post Office branch Post office locator.

Internet/telephone banking

When paying by this method please quote the sort code 62-24-42, the council's bank account number 00000000 and your council tax account reference number (as shown on your council tax bill).

By post

Cheques should be made payable to Cherwell District Council and sent to the address below. Please write your council tax account reference on the back of the cheque.

Receipts are no longer issued so please refer to your bank to ensure the payment has been made.

Do not send cash through the post.

Please allow 5-7 working days for bank processing or postal delivery. Failure to do so could result in you losing the right to pay by instalments and additional costs being added to your council tax bill.

You have the option of spreading your instalments for 2014/15 through to the following March as long as your account for 2014/15 is up to date. Council tax 12 month instalment plan

Please ensure all payments are made on or before the date they are due to avoid recovery action.

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