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How to pay council tax

Direct debit

Direct debit is the easiest way to pay. There is a direct debit form which you can print off, fill in and return to us.

Download the council tax direct debit application form  (95kb) here.

You only have to sign a direct debit instruction once and amounts will be collected automatically when they become due.

Direct debit guarantee

The direct debit scheme comes with a guarantee that is offered by all banks and building societies taking part in the scheme. Find out more about the direct debit scheme and direct debit guarantee.

Online payment service

Payment can be made using our online internet payment service (debit or credit card only). 

Bank standing order

Telephone 020 7332 1882 for a standing order form. Remember, it will be necessary to complete a new standing order form every financial year so you may prefer to download and complete the direct debit application form above.

Bank giro credit

Please use the bank giro form on the front of your council tax bill or your instalment slip.

Cheque

All cheques must be made payable to the City of London and posted to

The Chamberlain of London
City of London
PO Box 270
Guildhall
London
EC2P 2EJ

Please ensure that you clearly write your name, address and the council tax account number on the back of the cheque.

Further information

Never make a council tax payment to the City of London Corporation unless you are paying council tax on a property within the City of London, the area of central London known as the "Square Mile". Check your council tax bill before making a payment and ensure that your eight digit council tax account number is quoted.

Depending on how you pay, it can take up to five working days for your payment to reach your account.  Please allow sufficient time to ensure payments arrive on or before the due date stated on your bill.

For further information please contact us.​

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