Pay Council Tax

Pay Council Tax by Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the simplest and most convenient way for you to pay Council Tax – you won’t miss a payment, and you’re protected against mistakes, under the terms of the Direct Debit Guarantee (link opens in new window).

You can set up a Council Tax Direct Debit online.
Set up your Council Tax Direct Debit >>

You’ll need your Council Tax reference number, and the details of the bank or building society account that you want to pay your Council Tax from.

Want to check your balance?

You can now register to see information about your Council Tax. This takes a few minutes to set up. Once you register you will be sent a letter with details to complete the set up. You can then log on any time to see what your balance is.

You can also use this to tell us if you move house, plus access other information about housing benefits, Council Tax support claims and business rates (non-domestic rates).

Register for revenues and benefits online >> Log in to revenues and benefits online >>

Other options for setting up your Direct Debit

You can also call us on 0300 300 8011 to set up your Direct Debit – lines are open Monday to Thursday, 8:30am to 5:30pm, and Friday, 8:30am to 5pm.

Any questions? Feel free to call us or drop us an email to

If your bank account requires more than one signature to authorise a Direct Debit, please download and fill in a printable Council Tax Direct Debit form (PDF 127.2KB) and send it to:

Revenues Team
Central Bedfordshire Council
Watling House
High Street North

You can choose to pay your Direct Debit on either the 5th, 9th, 19th, or the last day of each month, and you can spread your instalments over 10 or 12 months. You can also choose to pay half-yearly (in May and October) or yearly (in June).

Payment dates and amounts are on the front of your Council Tax bill.

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