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Council Tax payments

How to pay your Council Tax.

You can pay your Council tax online

Council Tax is payable in accordance with the statutory instalment scheme. It is payable in 10 instalments due on or before the second of each month from April through to January.

If you choose to pay your Council Tax half yearly, instalments are due on or before 2nd April and 2nd September. If you decide to pay annually, the full sum is due on the 2nd April.

You can now request to pay your Council Tax over twelve months, instead of ten. Please email ctax@guildford.gov.uk

Find out how you can reduce the amount you pay.

How to pay your Council Tax

Our preferred methods of payment are Direct Debit and debit card.
There are a number of ways you can pay your Council Tax:

Direct Debit

The easiest, most efficient way to pay - let us do the work for you. Payment is requested from your bank on the second of the month, or the nearest working day if the second falls on a weekend or Bank Holiday. To help keep costs (and your council tax) low and avoid the extra expense of setting up new payment arrangements at the beginning of the next financial year, it is important that your current instruction is not cancelled when the final instalment has been collected each year.

You can download the icon Direct Debit mandate, [334.68KB] then print and return it to us at: Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB.


Pay online using your debit/credit card.


Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0330 123 0081 using your debit/credit card.

Standing Order or online banking

The bank details for Council Tax are:
Sort code 40-22-26
Bank account number 21850652
Please remember to always quote your Council Tax account number.

HSBC bank customers

If you are an HSBC bank customer, you can transfer payment from your bank account direct into the Council's bank account. Visit your branch and transfer to our bank account number 218 506 52. Please avoid visiting their branches during the busiest time, which is from 11am to 2pm.

If you would like further details about the various payment methods, please telephone the Council Tax helpline on 0330 123 0081.