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Pay your Council Tax

Pay council tax by Direct Debit

The easiest way to pay your council tax is by Direct Debit. Just give us the details once, and we'll do the rest. When you receive your new council tax bill each year we will simply adjust your payments to the new amount.

Payments are made automatically by your bank or building society and you’re fully protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee.

Please complete and return the Direct Debit Form below.

 PDF Council Tax Direct Debit Form (Size: 97.1 Kb Type: PDF )

Copyright: 2011 Birmingham City Council

Pay your council tax online by debit or credit card


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Council Tax Exemptions and Discounts - you may be paying too much council tax, see if you're eligible to pay less, or if your property is exempt.

If you are having problems paying your council tax always let us know.

Please tell us if your circumstances change - change of address notifications can be made here.

Extending your council tax to 12 monthly instalments

Council Tax is usually split into 10 equal monthly payments. However, you can now choose to spread the payments over 12 months.

If you currently pay by Direct Debit and want to apply for the extended payment facility, there is no need to complete a new form. Simply email us at council.tax@birmingham.gov.uk heading your email 'Extended Payments' to enable us to identify it as a priority request. You must provide your name, address and billing reference, which starts with 5 and is shown on your bill and/or payment card.

If you wish to start paying by Direct Debit you need to print the attached, complete and sign it, and either attach the form to your email or post it to the address on the form.

Pay online by personal internet banking

To pay your council tax online via personal internet banking, your bank needs the council's bank sort code, bank account number and a billing reference number.

Payee details: Birmingham city council
Bank name: Co-operative bank
Sort Code: 089001
Account number: 61314007.

Your Billing Reference number is a 10-digit number, which starts with 5 and is shown on your bill and/or payment card.

Please note, if you receive a revised bill you need to check your billing reference number, if this number has changed you will need to notify your bank.

Pay by 24 hour payment line

Please call 0121 464 2001 and select option 1, this is an automated telephone answering service. You’ll need your debit or credit card details and your 10 digit Billing Reference number, which starts with 5 and is shown on your bill and/or payment card.

Pay by post

Please make cheques and postal orders payable to Birmingham City Council. You must write your 10 digit Billing Reference number, (this starts with 5 and is shown on your bill and/or payment card), your name and postcode on the back and send them to:

Birmingham City Council
Resources Department (Revenues & Benefits)
PO Box 5
Birmingham
B4 7AB.

Please do not:

  • staple, pin or fold cheques
  • send your payment card, if you have been issued with one
  • send cash by post

If you want a receipt, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, we’re unable to issue receipts without this. You must allow five working days for your payment to reach us.

Pay by using a payment card

Payment cards are not automatically issued with new bills. If the front of your bill says that you will be paying by payment card please allow seven working days for this to arrive.

Unlike your annual bill a payment card is not issued each year. If you lose your card or it is damaged please call us on 0121 303 1113 (lines are open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday except Bank Holidays) so that we can issue a replacement.

If you move house you will need a new payment card as your account number will change.

You can use your payment card at any Post Office. If you pay by cheque at the Post Office you must make the cheque payable to "Post Office Ltd". You can also pay at any shop displaying the PayPoint or PayZone logo. Only cash is accepted at these outlets and there may be a limit to the amount you can pay. Please ensure you keep your receipt as proof of payment.

Useful links

Your council tax bill explained

A guide to your council tax bill - GOV.UK

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