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Our online payment systems will be unavailable on Thursday 26 May between 10.00am and 1.00pm for an upgrade to take place. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Set up or change your council tax direct debit


If you prefer never having to worry about making or missing payments, pay your council tax by direct debit.

When you set up or change your council tax direct debit, you have a choice of:

  • how many instalments you pay over the year
  • the date that you want to set your direct debit up for

Your direct debit changes in line with your bill

Once you're set up to pay by direct debit, you don't need to cancel it before you receive your next bill. Your direct debit will automatically change in line with any changes to your bill.

Contact us
Council tax
03000 26 4000
Our address is:
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • PO Box 238
  • Stanley
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH8 1FP
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