Business rates - account enquiries

Business Rates now operate an appointment only service. You can book an appointment by ringing 01332 642428.

How can I pay my Business Rates?


How can I pay my Business Rates?

Direct Debit

We encourage payment by direct debit. You have a choice of which day of the month to make your payments on - we offer payment dates of 1st, 7th, 15th or 25th of each month. Payments are usually paid over 10 months but now you can pay over the 12 months of the financial year.

A guarantee is offered by all banks and building societies that take part in the Direct Debit Scheme. Your instruction to your bank stays in force until you cancel it. There is no need to cancel it at the end of each year.

You can set up a Direct Debit for your Business Rates. Download, fill in and send to us a Business Rates Direct Debit mandate.‌

Online payments

You can pay using all major debit and credit cards using our Online Payments Service

Telephone payments

You can pay by credit or debit card using our 24 hour automated payments service on 0345 600 1982. Please have your Business Rates account number and your payment card with you when you phone.


You can pay direct into our bank account. Our bank details are:

 Sort code: 30-92-59     Account number: 00008503

Please remember to quote your Business Rates account number.


You can pay your Business Rates bill at any Paypoint outlet.  PayPoint collection terminals are located in newsagents, convenience stores, supermarkets, garages and off-licences. You can search for your nearest collection point on the Paypoint website

You must take your bill with you when you go to make a payment as it has a specific barcode on it that is needed.


You can pay by cash at the kiosks in the Council House, Corporation Street, Derby.  Please bring your bill with you when you pay.

Can I get a reduction in my Business Rates bill?

Business Rate reliefs are available that may reduce the amount you have to pay. These include: 

  • Small Business Rate Relief
  • Unoccupied Property
  • Partly Occupied Property
  • Relief for Charities, Registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs and/or Non-Profit Making Organisations
  • Hardship Relief
  • Retail Relief
  • Appeal against the Rateable Value 
  • Enterprise Zone

 See here for more information on:  Business Rates reliefs


What if I am moving into or leaving a business premises? 

If you are moving into or leaving a business property it is important to let us know so that a correct bill can be issued.

Please complete the Business Rates - change-of-address-form and return it  as soon as possible.


What happens if i don't pay my Business Rates?

A Business Rates bill for every non-domestic property will be sent each financial year. Instalments start in April and will end March at the latest.

If you miss paying an instalment, a reminder will be sent asking you to bring the account up-to-date within seven days.

If this is not paid within seven days, you will lose the right to pay by instalments and the full outstanding balance will become due immediately.

If you are unable to pay the amount due, please contact us immediately.

If you do not pay or make any contact, a summons will be issued incurring costs. If this is not paid then a Liability Order will be applied for at the Magistrates’ Court.  A Liability Order gives the Council the right to:

  • pass the case to the council’s enforcement agents who will recover the money owed to the council. Additional fees will be incurred
  • commence bankruptcy or liquidation proceedings

Failure to recover the debt by the above methods may result in the Council applying to the Magistrates’ Court for a committal warrant which can result in a term of imprisonment.


Useful forms

Contact details

Post address:
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 642428
Minicom: 01332 640666
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street