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East Dorset business rate payment methods

You can pay your business rate by:

  • direct debit
  • cheque payment by post
  • by telephone

Payment methods

Direct debit

This is the simplest and most convenient way to pay. There are no cheques to write, no cash to deal with and no ongoing paperwork because payments are made for you by your bank or building society.

You will always remain in control of your payments, as we will notify you at least ten working days before any change to your payments. You are guaranteed a full and immediate refund by your bank in the unlikely event of an error and you are free to cancel the direct debit instruction at any time.

The council offers a choice of dates for payment of business rates by direct debit. They are 1, 15 or 25 day of the month.

If you are a new or existing ratepayer and you would like to pay by direct debit, the following option are available:


Paying online is easy and secure: pay your business rates online.

By post

Cheques made payable to 'East Dorset District Council can be posted to us .

Please ensure that you quote your business rate reference number on the back of your cheque. In the interest of economy, a receipt will not be issued and an alternative method of payment should be used if possible. Post dated cheques are not accepted.

By phone

Call our 24 hour automated phone service you will need your 9 digit non-domestic rate reference shown on your bill.

By telebanking/internet banking or at a bank

To make a payment using the services which banks and building societies offer, please quote the council's bank sort code: 40-46-37  and account number: 61127721 to transfer funds. Please also state your 9 digit non-domestic rate reference, which is shown on your bill.

Please note: payments made by these methods may take up to 5 working days to reach us.

At a post office

You may take your bar coded bill and payment to any post office. You will not be charged a fee.

At the Civic Offices

Payments can be made at the Civic Offices, Allenview House, Hanham Road, Wimborne (office hours Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm).

Late payment

Payments must be made in accordance with your business rate bill. In the event of late payment, a reminder notice may be issued.

Please note that only 2 reminders to be issued in any financial year. After this, the remaining balance for the year becomes payable in full.

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