Pay by Direct Debit Direct Debit is the most convenient way to pay your Council Tax every month. The advantages are: No need to remember when to pay No additional costs such as car parking, bus fares or postage The scheme offers you complete peace of mind as it is guaranteed by your bank How to pay Complete our online Payment Method Change form to set up a Direct Debit to pay your Council Tax, without the need to send an application by post. You can also use this form if you already pay by Direct Debit but need to notify us of a change in your bank details. Before you start to complete the form, make sure you have checked the following: Your Council Tax reference number - this can be found in the top right hand corner of your bill. It is an eight digit number and starts with the number 4. The address of the property you are paying for Your bank/ building society details When setting up a Direct Debit online you also need to confirm the following: You are the named account holder of the bank account to be debited No other signature apart from your own is required to authorise the setting up of Direct Debits on this account If you can't confirm this you can still set up a Direct Debit, but you'll need to print out a Direct Debit Instruction form or call our Customer Service Team on 0161 912 2220.