Be aware of bogus callers

We are aware of bogus callers operating in our district. Please note that we don’t charge for Council Tax refunds

Payments, arrangements and balances

Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the quickest and easiest way to pay your bill.

You can pay over 10 months (April to January) or 12 months (April to March). You can also choose which date of the month you pay (5th, 10th, 15th or 25th).

You can set up a Direct Debit online. Make sure you have your council reference number (from your bill or invoice) and your bank or building society details.

Note: if the person wanting to set up the Direct Debit is not the bill payer and bank account holder, they will need to download and print off the mandate form attached to this page. 

Paperless bills

If you pay by Direct Debit, you can sign up to get your bill by email

I already pay by Direct Debit - how do I change the payment date or bank account details

You can change your Direct Debit payment dates or bank account details online.

Note: you do not need to do anything if you have already set up a Direct Debit, your new bill will list the payment installment amounts and the date they will be taken.

Direct Debit - the name on the bill and the bank / building society account are different

If you want to pay by Direct Debit and the name on your Council Tax bill does not match the name on the bank account from which payments are to be taken, print off a form from this page to complete and return.

Choose to pay over 12 months rather than the usual 10 months

The annual Council Tax Bill is normally issued payable over 10 months, April to January, but you may choose to pay over 12 months.

If I chose to pay over 10 months, do I need to cancel my Direct Debit after the 10th month and re-set it up when I receive the next year's bill?

No - if you chose to pay over 10 months, the Direct Debit will automatically stop after the 10th month and re-start in April after you receive the next year's bill in March.

Pay by Debit Card

We accept Switch/Maestro, Solo, Visa and Delta Debit card payment. You can pay your bill by debit card online - just choose Council Tax from the list, or you can call our automated payments line on 0345 1450071.

Pay by direct banking

You need to ask your bank to set this up for you, quoting your account reference number. You will need the Council’s bank details:

  • Sort Code 56-00-36
  • Bank Account Number 00143790
  • Bank Account Name Bradford Council Credit Transfer Account

International banking

If you live outside of the UK and need to pay Council Tax on a property in the Bradford District you will need to quote your  account reference number and this IBAN reference number to your bank: GB13NWBK56003600143790.

Please be aware that you may be charged a fee for this transaction by the International Bank you are using. You must pay the fee on top of the payment you are making. If the Council receives a payment that is less than the agreed instalment then you may be subject to recovery action on the outstanding amount. Please ensure that you add any transaction fees to your payment so we receive the correct amount payable.

Pay by Pingit on your mobile device

Pingit allows you to send and receive money using your mobile device. For more information or to download the app search for Pingit in your app store. Then scan the small, square symbol (known as a QR code) at the top of the front of your bill to make your payment.

Pay in person

  • Take your bill or invoice to any PayPoint location.
  • Pay up to a maximum of £300 per transaction. You can pay more than £300 at a time but PayPoint does this in more than one transaction and you will have more than one receipt.


Send a cheque made payable to 'Bradford Council' to Payments, PO Box 1249, Bradford, BD1 9YW

Check your account balance

You can check your Council Tax balance and account online.

I need another copy of my bill

You can ask for a copy of your bill to be sent to you.

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Contact details

To make a payment arrangement, call us on 01274 437792 and choose option 4. You must supply your employment details before an arrangement is made. : 01274 437792

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