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Pay your Council Tax

Council Tax is calculated on a daily basis and is payable over ten or twelve months starting on 1 April each year.

Each monthly instalment is due on the 1st of each month, unless you pay by Direct Debit. We offer a comprehensive range of payment methods.

Direct Debit

The easiest and most cost effective way of paying your Council Tax is by Direct Debit. 

To set this up you will need your Council Tax Account number and your bank details.

Moving into a property? Do not use the form below to notify us about a change of address - please complete the relevant Change of Address form.

There are five payment dates to choose from: 1st, 8th, 15th, 25th or 28th of the month.

We offer the following guarantees:

  • we will advise you of the amounts taken on the date agreed before we take the first payment
  • if changes are required, you will be notified at least 14 days in advance
  • you can cancel at any time
  • if an error is made, your Bank/Building Society is responsible for giving you a full and immediate refund.

Pay with a credit or debit card

Alternatively you can pay by telephone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: call 0300 4560535 (calls are charged at the local rate).

Standing order or direct BACS payment

Payments must be made in strict accordance with instalment details. You are responsible for the administration of this payment method.

Allow seven working days for your payment to reach your Council Tax account.

Quote your eight digit Council Tax reference number when instructing your Bank or Building Society.

Payment should be made to:

North Hertfordshire District Council
Sort Code: 30-94-30
Account Number: 02264262
Lloyds Bank, 1 Bancroft, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1JQ

Post Office or local shop

You can pay your bill at any Post Office or local shop displaying the Payzone or PayPoint symbol.

The Allpay App

You can download the Allpay payment app from the Apple App Store or Google Play and after a brief registration process, pay your bill at the touch of a button with internet access. All you need is the 19-digit bar code shown on your bill.

Cheque by post

Payment should be sent to:

North Hertfordshire District Council
PO Box 10613
Nottingham
NG6 6DW

Cheques should be made payable to: North Hertfordshire District Council

Please write your Council Tax reference on the reverse of the cheque.

We do not accept:

  • post-dated cheques
  • cheques from WeRe Bank
  • payments of cash in the post

When a payment counterfoil is attached to a notice, please ensure you use it when making payment by post.

Council Tax - consent, contract and the law

From time to time, we receive requests from various groups or people who believe they are bound only by statute laws they consent to.

Being a member of one of these groups (for example - Freeman on the Land, Magna Carta, or a person that relies on archaic or repealed laws), does not exempt you from paying Council Tax.

Liability for Council Tax and to pay Council Tax is determined by the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 respectively. These statutes, created by a democratically elected Parliament of the United Kingdom which has received the assent of the Crown and subsequent statutory regulations, sets out our rights to demand Council Tax to fund services and who is liable to pay.

Your liability for Council Tax is not dependent on, and does not require, your consent or the existence of a contractual relationship with us. Any such assertion to the contrary is incorrect and there is no legal basis upon which to make this argument.

There are many misleading articles and templates online regarding the legality of Council Tax. Anyone drawing on these for advice should exercise caution and seek proper legal advice before using them as defence against Council Tax liability based on contract, consent and common law.

If you are liable to pay Council Tax, you must make your payments. If you fail to pay Council Tax then we will take action against you.

While we do our best to answer all relevant enquiries about Council Tax, we reserve the right to refuse to respond to lengthy enquiries that focus on hypothetical arguments that have no basis in statute.

Help with paying Council Tax

If you're struggling to pay your Council Tax, get in touch with us as soon as possible to see how we can help.