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North Dorset business rate payment methods

You can pay your business rate by:

  • direct debit
  • Post Office payment
  • online payment
  • automated telephone payment
  • bank giro credit

  • electronic banking or telephone banking

Direct debit payments can be taken on the 1, 15 or 25 day of each month. All other payment methods are due on the 1 of each month as detailed on your bill. 

Payment methods

Direct debit

Direct Debit 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.

If you would like to pay by direct debit, the following options are available:


Paying online is easy and secure. Go to North Dorset Online Payments and follow the online instructions.


Call our 24 hour automated phone service on 01258 484337 you will need your 9 digit non-domestic rate reference number 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: 40-12-18 and account number: 11207709 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 be charged a fee.

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.

Legislation allows for a maximum of 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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