Ways to pay your council tax

Pay your council tax

You can pay in many ways, including by Direct Debit, online, by phone, by post, in person or by bank transfer.

Direct Debit

Setting up a Direct Debit is quick and easy.

You’ll need:

  • council tax account number
  • bank name, branch and sort code
  • bank account number and the name(s) on the account

Set up a Direct Debit online

If you would like to change your Direct Debit, please fill in a new form.


Paying online is easy and secure.  We accept all major credit and debit cards.

Make a payment online

You'll need your council tax account number. This can be found on the top left of your council tax bill.

By phone

Call Us: Pay by phone using our 24 hour automated payment line 0870 707 7776. The call will cost you 2p per minute plus any charges from your phone company.

Mobile Phone App: Pay using the Allpay app, available from the Apple App store or Google Play. 

Text message: Pay your council tax by text message through Allpay.

Online Banking or Telephone Banking

Our bank details are: Sort Code: 56-00-05

Account Number: 41322266

Use your council tax account number as your payment reference.  This can be found on the top left of your council tax bill.


Send a cheque made payable to Bristol City Council.  Write your council tax account number on the front of the cheque, in the top right hand corner.  Tell us if you would like a receipt. 

Post to: Local Taxation (100TS), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS.

In person

Citizen Service Points: You can pay by cash, cheque or debit/credit card at one of our service points. Take your council tax bill or payment card with you.

At the Post Office: You can pay by cash, cheque or card. You must take your council tax bill or payment card with you.  Make cheques payable to Post Office Ltd.  Please allow five days for your payment to reach your account.

Payzone or Paypoint outlet: Take your payment card with you. Payzone accept cash or debit cards, Paypoint outlets only accept cash.

Find your nearest Post Office, Paypoint or Paypoint outlet.

Bristol Pound

To set up a regular payment from a Bristol Pound account, see the Bristol Pound website.

Pay in 12 monthly instalments

You can pay by 12 monthly instalments, but the payments can only begin at the start of the financial year, which runs from April to March.

If you want to pay in these instalments, you need to contact us before the 31 March using the council tax enquiry form.