How to pay business rates

Payment difficulties

If you are experiencing difficulty in paying your business rates bill, please contact us on 0161 793 2500 or complete our business rates enquiry form as soon as possible. Do not wait for a reminder letter to arrive before contacting us.

Business rates enquiry form

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 six or seven) to access the service.

Make an online payment

Ratepayers can choose to pay annual bills over 12 monthly instalments instead of ten. If you would like to take up this option you need to let us know before 15 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.

Request to pay over 12 monthly instalments

Direct debit

Paying by direct debit is quicker, easier and better. Just sign up once and we’ll do the rest. You won’t need to remember to pay.

You can choose from four payment dates in the month 1st, 5th, 15th or 25th. And you can choose to pay over 10 or 12 months, or however many months remain in the financial year.

You are also protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee so if anything goes wrong you can get your money back straight away.

Set up a direct debit

Online banking, standing order or bank transfer

You can set up a regular payment from your bank account to pay the instalments on your bill. If your bill changes you will need to tell your bank to change your payments.

The information you need is:

  • Bank account name: Salford City Council
  • Bank account number: 93073130
  • Sort code: 20-54-66
  • Your business rates account number: this is on the front of your bill or notice

Payments from some bank accounts can take up to three days to reach us.

Automated payments service

If you prefer, you can use our automated telephone payment service on 0300 456 0645 which is available 24 hours a day.

Payment from overseas 

Payments can be made from an overseas bank account direct to Salford City Council's bank account. The information you need to do this is:

  • Bank account number: 93073130
  • Sort code: 20-54-66
  • Bank account name: Salford City Council General Fund
  • Bank Address: Barclays Bank, Floor 11, 20 Chapel Street, Liverpool, L3 9AG
  • Swift code: BARCGB22
  • IBAN Number: GB30 BARC 2054 6693 0731 30
  • Your business rates number, this is on the front of your bill or notice

Post Office and PayPoint

You can pay your bill by cash, debit or credit card at any Post Office or by cash and debit card at a PayPoint outlet. This service is free. Take your bill or notice with you as you will need the bar code on it to make your payment. Payments made through Post Office and PayPoint can take up to five days to reach us so please allow for this when making your payment.

Will changing your payment plan dates help?

If this helps you can choose monthly, half yearly or annually and on a date that suits your budget best.

Change your payment plan

Need to contact us?

Business rates enquiry form

This page was last updated on 6 March 2022

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