Council tax - ways to pay

Take control of your council tax account - pay by direct debit.

Or go straight to online payments. You can opt to pay half yearly (in April and October) or yearly (in advance in April).

Reduce costs for everyone

We pay transaction fees and charges for receiving your payments. If these costs of collection can be reduced, this will help keep council tax levels down. Listed below are the ways to pay in order of the cost to the council – with the least expensive first. You can help us by choosing the least expensive option that suits you. Please pay by direct debit if you can.

Direct debit (bank or building society accounts)

Over 60 per cent of council tax accounts are paid by direct debit each year. The direct debit guarantee make this the easiest and safest payment option. If you pay by direct debit you have the choice of 5 payment dates: 1st, 8th, 15th, 21st or 28th of the month and can choose to have up to 12 instalments. You will also be able to change your bank details.

Set up a direct debit using the Direct debit online form

Alternatively, you can set up your direct debit over the phone, please call 020 8753 6681 or by emailing us at with your bank details.

Pay online using your debit or credit card

You can pay on-line, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using your Maestro, Delta, Solo, Visa or Master card.

Pay council tax online

By phone using your debit or credit card

Pay over the phone using: Maestro, Delta, Visa, Master Card, or Solo. Just call 020 8753 1930 or 020 8753 6681 to take advantage of our fully automated debit/credit card payment facility – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Have the account number from your bill ready. No charges are made for the use of credit or debit cards.

Home/telephone banking

Just call your bank and quote:
Sort code 60-50-06
Bank account number 41613317
Your account number from your bill (eight digits starting with a 6 or 7)

Swipe card at the post office

Council tax payers can apply for a swipe card that enables them to pay their council tax at any post office by cash or cheque (made payable to ‘Post Office Ltd’). The swipe card cannot be used to pay at a bank or building society. Please contact us if you want a swipe card.

Find your nearest post office

By post

Cheques should be crossed and made payable to ‘LBH&F’, with this information written on the back: name, address and your eight-digit account number (see front of bill).

Send cheques to:
PO Box 1453
W6 9UU

International payments for council tax

You will need to pass the following information to your bank in order to make an international payment towards your council tax bill:

  • IBAN GB66 NWBK 60500641613317
  • Your eight- digit council tax account number starting with a 6 or 7 (see the front of your bill or any other notice from us)

Important information about council tax refunds

Refund will be paid into your bank account by BACS transfer, we are sorry, we are not able to issue cheques for refunds anymore. 

Apply for a refund: council tax refund online form