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Payment of business rates

How to set up a direct debit, pay your business rates online and information on payments for unoccupied properties.

How can I pay my business rates?

There are a number of different ways you can pay your business rates:

Direct Debit

This is the most convenient method of payment, and by choosing to pay by Direct Debit, you can choose to pay on the 5th, 15th or 25th of the month and over 10 or 12 months.

  • You can set up your Direct Debit online
  • telephone the business rates section on (01482) 394748 who can set up your Direct Debit over the telephone
  • complete and return the Direct Debit mandate which is printed on the reverse of your business rates bill.
Please note: Due to technical issues, the online Direct Debit form is currently unavailable.


Please note: some types of bank account cannot be used for Direct Debits.

If none of your details have changed (i.e. address, sort code, account number), your Direct Debit will remain active, so you do not need to resend us your bank details.

Online

You can pay online through our secure online payment facility.

Telephone

You can pay your business rates over the telephone 24 hours a day, with one of the following cards:

  • Debit card - visa debit, maestro, solo, visa electron or delta
  • Credit card - visa or mastercard

Payments are accepted for council tax, business rates, council house rents and council invoices.

This is an automated service and the telephone number is 0300 330 1515.

Internet banking and standing order

If you use internet banking or wish to set up a standing order, as well as quoting your business rates account number which you will find on the top-right of your bill, the council's bank details are:

Sort code: 60-02-23

Account number: 99105837

Postal cheque

Should you wish to send a cheque, please write your business rates account number on the reverse of your cheque, make it payable to "East Riding of Yorkshire Council" and send it to:

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
PO Box 83
Beverley
East Riding of Yorkshire
HU17 9YR 

At your local customer service centre 

The council has 14 customer service centres located throughout the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

The interactive find your nearest customer service centre map allows you to browse details about each of our centres, including opening hours and facilities, or search for your nearest centre by post code. 

Payments can be made via debit or credit card, cash, cheque, or postal orders. 

Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to "East Riding of Yorkshire Council'.

PayPoint

You can now pay your bill in cash at any PayPoint outlet. Just take your bill with you to your local PayPoint outlet, and they can take your cash payment using the barcode on the reverse of your bill.

Please keep your receipt as proof of payment.

Please note, you can only pay by cash at a PayPoint outlet. Payments take up to four working days to be credited to your business rates account.

To find your nearest PayPoint facility use the locator below:

Find my nearest PayPoint outlet (external website)

Can I pay my business rates over 12 months?

Payments are automatically set on a 10 monthly cycle. However, the government has announced it will now allow businesses to request their business rates to be paid over a 12 month cycle.

If you wish to pay over 12 instalments please contact us on (01482) 394748.

Do I have to pay business rates if my premises are empty?

From 1 April 2008 onwards if a property is unoccupied, an unoccupied rate is payable. The current unoccupied rate is a charge equal to 100 per cent of the full rates. This charge is payable after three months on commercial properties (for example shops, offices) or six months for industrial properties unless an exemption applies. Liability for the charge rests with the owner of the property.