How to Pay
Payment of business rate bills is automatically set on a 10-monthly cycle. However, the Government has announced that it will legislate to allow businesses to ask for their business rate bills to be spread over 12 months to help with cash flow. The Government is putting in place regulations that will, with effect for the 2014-15 financial year, allow businesses to require their local authority to enable payments to be made through 12 monthly instalments. Brentwood Borough Council already allows for flexible payment options.
For all methods of payment other than direct debit, your payment is due on the 1st of each month. For an annual bill you can pay over ten or twelve instalments. If you pay over 10 instalments you will get a "payment holiday" in February and March. If you pay over 12 instalments, the total amount you pay will be the same but your monthly instalment will be lower, you will not however have a February / March "payment holiday".
Your bill will normally show 10 instalments, however the following plans are also available:
- 12 monthly instalments
- 1 annual instalment (taken on 1 May)
- 2 instalments on 1 May and 1 September
This is the easiest and simplest way to pay.
Monthly Direct Debits (including 12 monthly payment) can be set up for the 1st, 7th, 14th, 21st or 28th of each month. To pay by direct debit you can complete the Business Rates Direct Debit Form. Please have your Non Domestic Rates account number (printed on the front of your bill) and bank details ready.
Online banking / direct payments
Depending on the method of payment used, payments should appear in the Council's bank account by the next day. To avoid reminders, you should allow up to 5 days for payments to be processed. To pay quote your account number as the reference and send payment to:
From April 2014, we will be using a new bank account. Please use the following account from April 1 2014:
Account Holder: Brentwood Borough Council
Account number : 01731291
Sort code: 30-91-17
Remember - your NNDR account number is the number printed on the front of your bill.
Pay by Credit or Debit Card
If you have a credit or debit card, you can pay online for your Business Rates, Council Tax, Parking Charge Notice, Housing Rent, Garage Rent, Planning Applications, General Council Invoices or Housing Benefit Invoices. We also have an automated payment service on 0345 200 1173. Both of these services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls cost no more than calls to geographic numbers (01 or 02). Calls from landlines are typically charged up to 9p per minute; calls from mobiles typically cost between 3p and 40p per minute depending on your network provider. Calls from landlines and mobiles are included in free call packages.
Pay at the Council
You can pay by card or cheque at the Council. For quick service we have a fast deposit machine that can take cheque payments. We are unable to take cash.
Our opening hours are Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm and 8.30am to 4.30pm on Friday. You can also post a cheque to Brentwood Borough Council, although payment by direct debit is recommended. You must quote your Non Domestic Rates account number and address.