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West Dorset business rate payment methods

You can pay your business rate by:

  • direct debit
  • debit or credit card payment
  • online payment
  • standing order or internet banking

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 10 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 are a new ratepayer you will have received a direct debit instruction. If you wish to pay by direct debit, complete the direct debit form and return it to us.

Alternatively, if you are a new or existing ratepayer and you would like to pay by direct debit, you have the following options:

  • complete your details online
  • print a direct debit instruction to complete and return to us
  • call Business Rates and we will take your details over the phone (during normal office hours)

Debit or credit card payment

Call our Automated Telephone Payment (ATP) line which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to pay by debit or credit card.


You can pay online with a debit or credit card.

Internet banking or standing order

You may make arrangements with your bank to make regular payments to the council. The following details will be required to ensure that your payments are allocated to your account:

  • The Council's Bank: HSBC, Dorchester
  • bank sort code: 40 - 19 - 21
  • bank account no: 01163191
  • bank account name: West Dorset District Council - B Account
  • payment reference (you can find your your reference number on your current bill)

Call Business Rates if you need assistance with this method of payment.

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 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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