How to pay your council tax

We send you a bill for your council tax in March each year for the financial year ahead (1 April to 31 March). We may also send you a revised bill if your account needs adjusting at any time in the year.

You can sign up for online billing if you’d prefer to receive an electronic bill. To do this please register for a My Bentax account.

You can pay your council tax in full, or in instalments. Your first payment should be paid within 14 days from when we send you the bill.

Please note, from 26 August 2021 Barclays no longer accept cash deposits in branch for council tax payments. If you've  previously paid your bill at Barclays this way you'll now need to use one of the alternative payment methods detailed below.

Watch our video help guides

Watch our council tax and housing benefit video help guides for step-by-step instructions on how to register for a MyBentax account, set up a Direct Debit or make a payment using a debit card. 

Pay by Direct Debit

The easiest and safest way to pay your council tax is by Direct Debit. You can choose to have your payments collected on the 5th, 12th, 18th or 25th of each month, over either 10 months (April to January) or 12 months (April to March).

Setting up a Direct Debit is easy - just go to My Bentax and select 'pay by Direct Debit'. You'll need your:

  • council tax account number
  • bank sort code
  • bank account number

You can also register for a My Bentax account - it only takes a few minutes to complete. You'll then be able to manage your Direct Debit through this service. You'll also be able to view your bills, payments and correspondence, as well as being able to apply for discounts and benefits.

Pay by debit or credit card 

You can pay your bill in instalments by debit or credit card on our pay page. It's your responsibility to ensure you keep up to date with your payments.

Pay by phone

Call our 24 hour automated telephone payment line on (01226) 775445.  Please have your 9 digit council tax reference number with you when paying by phone. 

We accept all cards, apart from American Express and Diners.

Pay by standing order

To set up a standing order, contact your bank and give them your 9 digit council tax reference number and our bank details:

  • Bank Name: Barclays Bank plc, 27 Church Street, Barnsley S70 2AJ
  • Sort Code: 20-08-07
  • Bank Account Number: 83651142

Please note that your bank only needs to quote your council tax reference number when setting up the standing order.  

Make an offer of payment

If you would like to make an alternative offer of payment to that on your council tax bill, you can fill in our combined arrangement form