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Important Information

Birmingham City Council is moving to Barclays Bank

The Council has appointed Barclays Bank to provide its banking services from 31st March, in place of the The Co-op Bank. Please see details below under Pay online by personal internet banking. For further details see the moving to Barclays Bank page for more information.

Pay council tax by Direct Debit

The easiest way to pay your council tax is by Direct Debit. Just give us the details once, and we'll do the rest. When you receive your new council tax bill each year we will simply adjust your payments to the new amount.

Payments are made automatically by your bank or building society and you’re fully protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee.

Direct Debit allows you the option to pay monthly, half yearly or yearly.

If you want to pay monthly please select one option to pay over 10 monthly payments or 12 monthly payments each year. If no monthly option is selected it will automatically be set up to collect over 10 monthly payments.

Monthly payment date are: 8th, 15th, 21st and 28th

If you prefer to pay “half yearly” two equal payments will be collected on 1st April and 1st October each financial year. If you prefer to pay “yearly” one payment will be collected on 1st April each financial year.

NOTE: The number of monthly instalments can vary depending on when the Direct Debit instruction is set up, details will be sent to you in writing before the Direct Debit payment is taken.

The yearly and half yearly payment dates can vary depending on the date the Direct Debit is set up, details will be sent to you in writing before the Direct Debit payment is taken.

Please complete and return the Direct Debit Form below.

 PDF Council Tax Direct Debit Form (Size: 57.9 Kb Type: PDF )

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Extending your council tax to 12 monthly instalments

Council Tax is usually split into 10 equal monthly payments. However, you can now choose to spread the payments over 12 months.

If you currently pay by Direct Debit and want to apply for the extended payment facility, there is no need to complete a new form. Simply email us at council.tax@birmingham.gov.uk heading your email 'Extended Payments' to enable us to identify it as a priority request. You must provide your name, address and billing reference, which starts with 5 and is shown on your bill and/or payment card.

If you wish to start paying by Direct Debit you need to print the attached, complete and sign it, and either attach the form to your email or post it to the address on the form.

Pay online by personal internet banking

To pay your council tax online via personal internet banking, your bank needs the council's bank sort code, bank account number and a billing reference number.

Payee details: Birmingham city council
Bank name: Barclays bank
Sort Code: 20-07-74
Account number: 13545660

Your Billing Reference number is a 10-digit number, which starts with 5 and is shown on your bill and/or payment card.

Please note, if you receive a revised bill you need to check your billing reference number, if this number has changed you will need to notify your bank.

Pay by 24 hour payment line

Please call 0121 464 2001 and select option 1, this is an automated telephone answering service. You’ll need your debit or credit card details and your 10 digit Billing Reference number, which starts with 5 and is shown on your bill and/or payment card.

Pay by post

Please make cheques and postal orders payable to Birmingham City Council. You must write your 10 digit Billing Reference number, (this starts with 5 and is shown on your bill and/or payment card), your name and postcode on the back and send them to:

Birmingham City Council
Resources Department (Revenues & Benefits)
PO Box 5
Birmingham
B4 7AB.

Please do not:

  • staple, pin or fold cheques
  • send your payment card, if you have been issued with one
  • send cash by post

If you want a receipt, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope, we’re unable to issue receipts without this. You must allow five working days for your payment to reach us.

Pay at the Post Office or a shop displaying PayPoint/Payzone logo


The front of your bill contains a barcode which can be used to make payments at any Post Office or PayPoint/Payzone outlet.

Simply take the bill together with your payment to any of these locations. If you still have your payment card you can continue to use this also. However, this will not be replaced if lost

You can pay by cash or cheque at the Post Office. If you pay by cheque at the Post Office you must make the cheque payable to "Post Office Ltd". Only cash is accepted at PayPoint or Payzone outlets and there may be a limit to the amount you can pay. A receipt will only be issued on request.

If you lose your bill or the barcode is no longer readable, we will be able to issue you with a copy of your bill. Please call us on 0121 303 1113 (lines are open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday except Bank Holidays).

If you move house you will be issued with a new bill and your account number will change. Please only use the new bill to make the payment.



Council Tax Exemptions and Discounts - you may be paying too much council tax, see if you're eligible to pay less, or if your property is exempt.

If you are having problems paying your council tax always let us know.

Please tell us if your circumstances change - change of address notifications can be made here.

Useful links

Your council tax bill explained

A guide to your council tax bill - GOV.UK

For more information about Direct Debit

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