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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.

Online

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 up to 13p per minute plus any charges from your phone company. Find out about call charges on GOV.UK

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.

Post

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 Point: You can pay by cash, cheque or card at our service point. Take your council tax bill with you.

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

Find your nearest Post Office.

PayPoint outlet: Take your council tax bill with you.

Find your nearest 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.