Business rates bills and how to pay

Business rates bills

Business Rates bills for 2017/18 were printed before the Government announced changes to Business Rates on 8 March.

If the changes affect your business we will send you a revised bill as soon as possible. 

In the meantime, please either make payments as requested on your existing bill or contact the Business Rates team to discuss whether an alternative payment arrangement can be made.

How to pay

The most common method of paying business rates is over ten monthly instalments from April to January. This is usually how we will ask you to pay, unless you already have another arrangement with us or you have fallen into arrears.

It is now possible to spread your instalments over twelve months instead, to request this please contact us by email to or calling the business rates team on 01273 291981.

Payment options:

If you're behind with your payments
Please note that if you pay by PayPoint outlet there will be a delay before the council receives your payment. Delayed payments could mean you lose your right to pay by instalments. Because of this you are advised to pay any arrears directly to the council.

Your bill explained

Business Rates (or NNDR - national non-domestic rates) are a way of contributing towards the cost of local services if you occupy a non-domestic property.

The 2017/18 business rates bills were sent to ratepayers on 13 March 2017. Please be aware that if you notified us of any changes or made any payments after 3 March, they will not show on this bill. If you have not received a 2017/18 business rates bill please contact the business rates team.

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Direct Debit

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Direct Debit is a convenient and safe way to pay. You can choose to have your monthly payments on the 1st or 15th of each month.

You can setup a Direct Debit by:

If you need to change your direct debit bank details or change the date of the direct debit please ring us on 01273 291981.

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Debit & credit card payments online

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You can pay with a debit or credit card through our secure server by clicking on the button above and then clicking on 'Business Rates (NNDR) as the Payment Type.  (Diners Club cards are not accepted.)

The payment reference to use is your business rates account number. If you provide your email address, you can select the option to be sent an automated receipt for your payment.  You can also print your receipt from the screen using the Print button.

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Debit card payments by phone

You can call the Debit Card Hotline on 01273 291908 (open 24 hrs). Select Option 3 for Business Rates and key in your business rates account number as your account reference when prompted.  Have a pen and paper ready to make a note of the reference number for your payment.

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Internet banking, telephone banking, Bacs and other bank transfers

If your bank offers internet banking or telephone banking services with your account, you may use these services to pay your business rates.

In all cases, the payment reference to quote with your bank transfer or Bacs payment, is your business rates account number.

Payments should be made to:
Bank Account Number:  10631660
Sort Code:  30-80-12     (Lloyds Bank PLC)

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Bank transfers using the council’s IBAN or International Bank Account Number

The payment reference to quote with your bank transfer is your business rates account number.

Payments should be made to:
IBAN:  GB11 LOYD 3080 1210 6316 60
Bank Identifier Code:  LOYDGB21F09 (also known as BIC or SWIFT code)

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Payments in cash at PayPoint outlets

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You can take your bar-coded business rates bill to pay at PayPoint outlets.

Most convenience stores and newsagents throughout the UK have a PayPoint facility.  Use the PayPoint Agent Locator to find the PayPoint outlets nearest to where you live.

If you've misplaced your bill but you know your business rates account number, you can generate and print your own barcode slip using our online barcode generator.  When using the barcode generator, select NNDR (Business Rates) as the account type and take the printed barcode to a PayPoint outlet where it can be scanned to take your payment.

You’ll be given a receipt which you should keep for your records.  There is no charge for this service.

You should allow at least five working days for payments to reach us by this method.

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Sending payments by post

Cheques or money orders should be made payable to Brighton & Hove City Council and sent to: Business Rates, Brighton & Hove City Council, PO Box 2929, Brighton, BN1 1PS.

On the reverse of your cheque or money order, please ensure that you write clearly your business rates account number, the property address, your name and your correspondence address (if different).

You must allow enough time for your payment to reach your Business Rates account before the instalment due date.  Do not send cash through the post.

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If you're having trouble paying

If you are struggling to pay your business rates, please contact us as soon as possible.

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