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Business rate bills and how to pay

Business rates bills

To register with us, or notify us of a change of occupier -  Please print, complete and return this form: Business Rates Change of Circumstances Notification (PDF) [162KB]

How to Pay


The most common method of paying business rates is over ten monthly instalments from April to January. This is usually how we will ask you to pay, unless you already have another arrangement with us or you have fallen into arrears.

It is now possible to spread your instalments over twelve months instead, to request this please contact us by email to

If you're behind with your payments
Please note that if you pay through the Post Office  there will be a delay before the council receives your payment. Delayed payments could mean you lose your right to pay by instalments. Because of this you are advised to pay any arrears directly to the council.

Your bill explained

Business Rates  (or NNDR - national non-domestic rates) are a way of contributing towards the cost of local services if you occupy a non-domestic property.

The 2022/23 business rates bills were sent to ratepayers on 15th and 16th March. Please be aware that if you notified us of any changes or made any payments after 12th March, they will not show on this bill. If you have not received a 2022/23 business rates bill please contact the business rates team.

Direct Debit

Direct Debit is a convenient and safe way to pay. You can choose to have your monthly payments on the 1st or 15th or 20th of each month.

You can setup a Direct Debit by:

If you need to change your direct debit bank details or change the date of the direct debit please ring us on  023 9254 5470 .

The Direct Debit Guarantee

  • This Guarantee is offered by all banks and building societies that accept instructions to pay Direct Debits.
  • If there are any changes to the amount, date or frequency of your Direct Debit, Gosport Borough Council will notify you 10 working days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise agreed. If you request Gosport Borough Council to collect a payment, confirmation of the amount and date will be given to you at the time of the request.
  • If an error is made in the payment of your Direct Debit, by Gosport Borough Council or your bank or building society you are entitled to a full and immediate refund of the amount paid from your bank or building society.  If you receive a refund you are not entitled to, you must pay it back when Gosport Borough Council asks you to.
  • You can cancel a Direct Debit at any time by simply contacting your bank or building society. Written confirmation may be required. Please also notify us.

Direct and credit card payments online

Online payments

You can pay with a debit or credit card through our secure server by clicking on the link above and then clicking on Business Rates (NNDR) as the Payment Type. 

The payment reference to use is your  business rates account number . If you provide your email address, you can select the option to be sent an automated receipt for your payment.  You can also print your receipt from the screen using the Print button.

Debit card payments by phone

You can call the  Debit Card Hotline  on 023 9258 4242 (open 9am-5pm, Mon - Fri)).  You will need your business rates account number as your account reference.  Have a pen and paper ready to make a note of the reference number for your payment.

Internet banking, telephone banking, Bacs and other bank transfers

If your bank offers internet banking or telephone banking services with your account, you may use these services to pay your business rates.

In all cases, the payment reference to quote with your bank transfer or Bacs payment, is your business rates account number.

Payments should be made to:
Bank Account Number:   00000000
Sort Code:   57-81-43     (National Westminster PLC)

Sending payments by post

Cheques or money orders should be made payable to Gosport Borough Council and sent to: Business Rates, Gosport Borough Council, Town Hall, High Street, Gosport. PO12 1EB.

On the reverse of your cheque or money order, please ensure that you write clearly your business rates account number, the property address, your name and your correspondence address (if different).

You must allow enough time for your payment to reach your Business Rates account before the instalment due date.  Do not send cash through the post.

If you're having trouble paying

If you are struggling to pay your business rates, please Contact business rates as soon as possible.

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