Pay your Business Rates

Business Rates Instalments

Payment of business rate bills is automatically set on a 10-monthly cycle. However if you wish to pay over 12 months contact us at as soon as possible quoting your Business Rates account number.

We also accept payment bi-annually, or in one lump sum at the beginning of the year. 

Ways to pay for your Business Rates

There are a number of ways you can pay your business rates. Whichever way you choose always make sure to quote your Business Rates account number.

By Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the easiest way to pay. Payments are made automatically by your bank or building society and you're fully protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee.

We offer you a choice of dates if you pay your Business Rates by Direct Debit. This means that you can pay your monthly instalments on a date more convenient for you.

Setting up a Direct Debit

A bill will be sent confirming the instalments to be debited from your bank account 10 working days before the first instalment is due.


Pay your Business Rates online

Make sure you pay on or before the instalment due date to avoid recovery action. Only one reminder is issued each year before you lose your right to pay by instalments.

Other ways to pay


Use our Automated 24hr Payment telephone line 01295 227073 ensuring you have your 7-digit Business Rates account number to hand.

You can use most cards except American Express


  • NAT West Head Office Collection Account
  • Bank sort code: 62 24 42
  • Bank Account Number: 00000000

Please quote your Business Rates account number when making a payment.

If you need details for payments by CHAPS or SWIFT services contact

Please allow 5 working days for the payment to reach us.


Make your cheque or postal order payable to "Cherwell District Council". It must be crossed "account payee only" and ensure your Business Rates account number is written on the reverse of the cheque. Post to:
Business Rates Office
PO Box 27
OX15 4BH

Please do not send cash by post and do not staple, pin or fold cheques.  We no longer issue receipts for payments made by cheque.

In person

At any Post Office in the country. You must take your business rates bill with the barcode on it along with your payment.

You must take a barcoded bill or letter along with your payment. Please allow five working days for your payment to be received.

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Problems paying your Business Rates

You must pay your business rates according to the instalments shown on your latest bill. If you are having problems paying your Business Rates bill please contact us as soon as possible.