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Pay your council tax

Pay your council tax by direct debit

Direct debit is the easiest way to pay. Payments are backed by the direct debit guarantee (opens new window). We'll request payment from your bank on the second day of the month. If this falls on a weekend or public holiday it will be the next working day.

How to set up, change or cancel a direct debit

To set up, change or cancel a direct debit, you'll need to:

  1. log in to your MyGuildford account (opens new window)
  2. click the 'council tax and benefits' tile
  3. select 'continue' on the 'view other services' page
  4. select 'council tax' on the 'your services' page
  5. on your account summary page, find the list of quick links.
    • if you're using a computer or laptop these will be on the right-hand side of the screen
    • if you're using a mobile device, click 'quick links'
  6. in the list of quick links find 'Change my method of payment'
  7. fill in the form

If you're setting up a direct debit you'll need to tell us:

  • your name
  • address of your bank or building society
  • your sort code
  • your bank account number

You may need a reference number for some building society accounts.

Once the form is complete, we'll contact you if we need further information. We aim to setup or change your account within 10 working days.

How to set up a direct debit if you're new customer 

To set up a direct debit online you'll need to:

Once you have a council tax account number you'll need to:

  • link your council tax account with your MyGuildford account

To link both accounts you'll need:

  • your council tax account number - found on your latest bill
  • your name exactly as it appears on your council tax bill
  • postcode of your property
  • national insurance number if you:
    • have applied for Local Council Tax Support
    • are named on a council tax support application

Watch our video to find out more about linking your council tax account and your MyGuildford account.

When your account is linked to MyGuildford follow the steps above to setup a direct debit.