An annual rates bill is issued in March for every non-domestic property in Oldham.

Payment of business rate bills is automatically set on a 10 monthly cycle.

The Government has put in place regulations that allow businesses to require their bill to be paid through 12 monthly instalments.

If you wish to take up this offer, you should contact Oldham Council’s Business Rates Team on 0161 770 6677.

The due date is shown on your bill (it is the 1st of the month unless you are paying by Direct Debit).

If you have a change in your circumstances it may affect the number of instalments you can be given in which to pay your bill.

Ways to pay

Direct Debit

If you pay by Direct Debit the monthly payments are made automatically from your bank account and payment dates will not be missed. You have a choice of payment dates - 1st, 8th 15th or 24th of the month.

To set up a Direct Debit, download and print the direct debit mandate or phone the Business Rates Team (have your bank details and business rates account reference handy).

Return it to the Business Rates Team.


It is easy to pay your Business Rates using your debit card online.

· Make a payment


You can pay by calling the payments line on 0161 770 6611.

You will need your business rates account number and your debit or credit card details.

At the Post Office

Take your bill with you.

Cheques must be made payable to ‘Post Office Limited’.

At Payzone outlets

You can pay at any outlet where you see the Payzone sign.

No fee will be charged.

Pay by internet or telephone banking

If you want to pay an account using your internet or telephone banking, please include the following details to ensure your payment is allocated to your account correctly:

  • Oldham MBC sort code:  20-55-58
  • Account number: 13861449
  • Your business rates account number for the bill you are paying

Please note that payments made by this method could take up to five working days to reach your Business rates account.

What happens if you do not pay?

If you miss paying an instalment, a reminder will be sent asking you to bring the account up-to-date within seven days.

If you pay the amount requested on the reminder, you may continue paying by instalments. You are allowed one late payment only in each financial year. If your payments fall behind a second time, a Final Notice may be issued.

If the reminder is not paid within seven days, you will lose the right to pay by instalments and the outstanding balance will become due immediately.

If you are unable to pay the amount due, please contact the Business Rates Team immediately.

If you do not pay or make any contact, a summons will be issued and a Liability Order subsequently obtained from the Magistrates’ Court. This will incur additional costs that will be added to your account.

A Liability Order gives the Council the right to:

  • Make an arrangement with the ratepayer to clear the debt and the costs
  • Pass the case to the council’s enforcement officers who will recover the money owed to the council and additional costs will be incurred
  • Commence bankruptcy or liquidation proceedings

Failure to recover the debt by the above methods may ultimately result in the council applying to the Magistrates’ Court for a committal warrant which can result in a term of imprisonment.