Pay your Council Tax

Council Tax is normally due on the 1st or 15th of each month from April to January. However, you can ask to pay twice a year instead (on 1 April and 1 September) or just once a year (on 1 May). You can pay your account in a number of ways:


Direct debit

The most convenient way of paying your Council Tax is by Direct Debit.  You can setup a direct debit by using 'My council tax' account.

The advantages include:

  • Extra payment dates of the 8th, 25th & 28th (in addition to 1st & 15th)
  • Payments can be made monthly, or once or twice a year.
  • Time is saved (there is no need to write and post cheques).
  • Queues are avoided.
  • You don't need to worry about forgetting to pay.
  • You don't have to carry cash.
  • You don't need to buy stamps.
  • You don't have to notify your bank/building society if the amount or date changes.
  • It's easy to cancel.
  • You have a money back guarantee and you are protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee, which monitors the efficiency and security of the scheme.

Debit card by telephone

Payment can be made using your debit card. Please call our fully secured automated telephone payment line on 01243 534880 to make a payment. Please ensure you have your Council Tax reference number as shown on your latest bill ready to quote. Please note you cannot pay your Council Tax by credit card.

Payment at any Post Office® or PayPoint facility

Payment can be made at any Post Office® or PayPoint facility using the barcode printed at the bottom of your bill. Barcodes are only printed on bills issued after 1 August 2017. If you do not have a barcode please contact the taxation office to request a bill which will have a barcode.

Bank payment

Please use the following Chichester District Council bank details:

Sort code 60-05-24,

Bank account number 26121255.

Please ensure you quote the Council Tax account number as shown on your latest bill.

Pay your Council Tax by 12 monthly instalments

You can request that your Council Tax instalments are paid over 12 months (for the 18/19 financial year; bills are due to be issued in mid March). Requests to pay over 12 months must be received by 23 March 2018 in order to start your new payment plan in April 2018. For requests received after this date the number of instalments will be 11 or the number of whole months remaining to March 2019. Please note customers already paying by 12 monthly Instalments will be extended automatically and are not required to make a fresh application each year.

Please complete the form if you would like to request 12 monthly instalments.