The business rates legislation lays out the number of payments over which the annual charge can be paid. This is known as 'the statutory scheme'.
This scheme allows for a maximum of 10 monthly instalments. The number of instalments is reduced if your annual bill is sent after 1 May, for example, if you become liable part-way through the financial year, which runs from April to March. Any bills issued after 31st December must be paid in full 14 days after issue.
Some people or organisations prefer to pay half yearly or yearly. Although there are no special arrangements for these types of payments, you can still pay an amount when you want, so long as you keep your payments up-to-date.
We decide which dates your payments are due. At present payments are due on the 1st of each month from April to January inclusive, unless you opt to pay by Direct Debit, where payment can be made on the 1st or 15th of each month from April to March.
We provide a number of different ways in which you can make your payments