How to pay your business rates

Check your balance online

Ratepayers can choose to pay annual bills over 12 monthly instalments instead of 10. If you would like to take up this option you need to let us know before the 1 April. If you let us know after this date, providing your account is not subject to recovery action your instalments can be spread over the remaining months in the financial year.

Business rates enquiry form

Direct debit

Many of our customers find that the most convenient and reliable way to pay their bill is by monthly direct debit. Once set up with your bank, payments are collected automatically on the due dates. Also, if you decide to pay by this method, your payments are covered by the direct debit guarantee. You can do this online or by completing and returning the direct debit instruction, available to download from the bottom of this page.

Set up a direct debit

Online payments

Salford City Council operates a secure online payments service where you can pay your business rates account online using debit or credit cards. You will need to quote your business rates account number (an eight figure number starting with 6) to access the service.

Make an online payment

Automated payments service

If you prefer, you can use our automated telephone payment service on 0161 793 3325 which is available 24 hours a day.

Please note, if you make a payment by credit card, you will be charged an extra 1.4% of the transaction. This charge is to cover the costs of using a credit card.

Post Office

You can make a payment at the Post Office by presenting your bar-coded bill with your payment. Payment at the Post Office may be made by debit card, cheque (made payable to "Post Office Limited")or in cash. This is a free service.

PayPoint outlets

Payments can also be made at any PayPoint outlet in the UK using your bar-coded bill, however, only cash is accepted at a PayPoint outlet.

From your bank account

The details you will need to set up a standing order or to make a payment from your bank account are:

  • The council's bank details :
    • Barclays Bank PLC
    • Sort code: 20-54-58
    • Account number: 93073130
  • Your business rates account number as shown on your bill (an eight-figure number starting with a 6 or 7)

If you are making payment from abroad you will also need the following details:

  • Swift code: BARCGB22
  • IBAN Number: GB66 BARC 2054 5893 0731 30

Postal payments

If you wish to pay by cheque please write your account number on the back of your cheque made payable to ‘Salford City Council' and post it to the Chief Finance Officer, Salford City Council, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford M27 5AW. Receipts are not normally issued for postal payments, but if you do require one please enclose a stamped, addressed envelope with your payment.

Payment difficulties

If you are experiencing difficulty in paying your business rates bill, please contact us as soon as possible. Do not wait for a reminder letter to arrive before contacting us.

Business rates enquiry form

General advice

If you need any further advice or guidance about paying your business rates bill or to apply for a relief or exemption please see our business rates pages.

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This page was last updated on 14 November 2017