Paying your Council Tax

Please note that the recent Council Tax annual bills (dated 7 March 2014) do not take into account any payments made in March 2014.

Paying by Direct Debit

Direct DebitDirect Debit is the safest and easiest way to pay your Council Tax. You can set one up now easily online.

You just tell your bank or building society that you want us to take monthly payments direct from your account.

Please do not try to set up a direct debit if you have been issued with a court summons or notification of a court order (known as a 'liability order').

You can choose to pay on the 5th, 15th or 28th of the month and you can choose to pay in either 10 or 12 monthly instalments.

If you already pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit and you have not cancelled your instruction your payments will continue to be collected each year. There is no requirement for the direct debit instruction to be set up each year. 

Set up a Direct Debit online now

Find out more about paying by Direct Debit and our Direct Debit Guarantee.

Paying online

You can also pay your Council Tax on the web with your Visa, MasterCard, Solo, Visa Delta, Visa Electron or Maestro cards.

Other ways to pay

You can also pay over the telephone, in person or by standing order.

How much Council Tax do I owe?

You can check your Council Tax balance by going to our online payment page, entering your Council Tax reference number (the 8 digit number beginning with a 7 from your bill) then clicking on 'How much do I owe?'.

Your instalments

Your Council Tax is normally payable in ten monthly instalments, starting on 1 April each year.

We are now offering the option to pay your Council Tax over 12 instalments. If you would like to take up this option for the next financial year (2014/2015) please let us know by emailing contact@sandwell.gov.uk or writing to us at Sandwell MBC (Benefits and Council Tax), PO Box 239, Sale M33 6GU.

Please note that the number of instalments you pay will depend on when you register to extend your payments.

Need a copy of your bill?

If you need a copy of your bill complete the online form we will send it to you in the post.

Go paperless

Did you know that you can register to receive future any Council Tax bills by email?

Problems with paying?

Find out how we can help if you are having problems paying your rent or Council Tax.