How to pay your Council Tax

​​We offer a number of different ways to pay your Council Tax. Simply choose the method that suits you best.

Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the easiest, safest and most secure way to pay your Council Tax

Set up or change a Direct Debit >>

You can use this form to set up a new direct debit or change an existing direct debit.

Direct Debit can save you time and money

Your payment is automatically debited from your account each month

You can pay over 10 months (April to January) or 12 months (April to March)

You can choose to pay on either 1st, 14th, 16th, 25th or if you prefer weekly (Tues or Fri) or fortnightly (Tues or Fri)

If you've received a summons

Please note if

        a) You have received a summons


         b) Your direct debit application relates to an old account or for a property you no longer live at  

then you cannot set up a direct debit online. Instead please call 0345 8 504 504, lines are open 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

If neither of these options are suitable for you, download a Direct Debit form, complete and return it to us.

Other ways to pay


You can pay using the Capita - online payments website.

Pay online

This secure online payment service website lets you pay your Council bills using any debit card or some credit cards. The service is free of charge.

Please allow up to four days for us to get the payment.

By phone

Telephone payments can be made using most credit and debit cards, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 0345 603 1539 and follow the simple instructions.

Please ensure that you have your bill or payment reference to hand and credit/debit card ready.

Calls to this number will be charged at local rates.

Standing order

A standing order gives an instruction to your bank to pay set amounts to us. You will need to instruct your Bank or Building Society to make the necessary payments each time you receive a bill as the amount of each instalment and the reference number may change.

Your Bank or Building Society will need the following details from you:

  • Your Council Tax payment account number (as shown on your bill)
  • The amount you need to pay
  • The date payments are to be made (please remember that the payment should reach us by the 1st of the month)
  • Our bank details:
    Barclays Bank PLC, Wakefield
    Sort Code: 20 90 65
    Account Number : 93248267
    Account Name : Wakefield Metropolitan District Council 

Post Office and PayPoint

You can make a payment free of charge at any Post Office in the country, or at any outlet displaying the ‘PayPoint’ by using the barcode on your bill or a swipe card.

Simply tell them how much you want to pay (by cash or debit card only at PayPoint outlets), hand over your payment and bill or swipe card, and wait for your receipt. Please check your receipt and keep it safe as it is proof of your payment.

Take a look at the Post Office branch-finder to find your nearest Post Office.

By post

You can register for paperless billing and view details of your Council Tax account online. Go to My Account now to register or sign in.

Ask for a copy of your bill – please note that this may take up to 10 days to arrive