Business Rates

How to Pay Business Rates (NNDR)

Business Rates are taxes to help pay for local services. They are charged on most non-domestic properties e.g. shops, offices, pubs, warehouses, factories.

You can register for business rates at Business Rates Online or by completing our business rates occupation form. You can also tell us if you have vacated a property using Business Rates Online or by completing our business rates vacation form.

Please contact 01200 414451 or email if you have any queries about business rates, your bill, exemptions and reliefs.

Business Rates is a yearly charge that we normally ask you to pay over ten instalments beginning April, unless other arrangements have been made.

You can now choose to pay Business Rates by 12 instalments. If you wish to do so please put your request in writing to or by post to Business Rates, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe BB7 2RA.

We will always give you 14 days notice before instalments are due to begin. Your Business Rates bill clearly states the instalment dates and the amounts you need to pay to clear the bill in year. 

Payment Options

Direct Debit

This is the easiest and most convenient way for you to make payment. It takes the worry out of remembering to pay because the Council collects the payments direct from your bank or building society account on a fixed date each month. For monthly payers we take payment on the 28th of each month (or the next working day if this falls on a weekend or bank holiday). You are always advised at least 14 days in advance of any changes in the amounts or dates, so that you have time to query the bill if necessary.

To set up business rates payment by Direct Debit download the Direct Debit form or contact 01200 414448. Please return the form to the Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe BB7 2RA.


To pay your business rates online you will need a valid debit or credit card and enter your business rates account number which appears on your bill as a seven digit reference starting with a 5 or 6.


You can pay your business rates by debit/credit card over the telephone.

Contact our customer services team on 01200 425111 (during office hours).

In person

Payments can be made at the Council Offices at Church Walk, Clitheroe.

The cash office opening times:
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.55pm

We accept cash, cheque, debit card or credit card (a charge applies to credit card transactions).

Please note that we do not accept post-dated cheques.

By post

Payment should be sent to Ribble Valley Borough Council, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2RA. Your council tax account reference number must be quoted. Cheques must be made payable to 'Ribble Valley Borough Council'. 

Please do not send your Business Rates bill with your cheque. No receipt will be issued unless a stamped addressed envelope in enclosed with your cheque.

Post dated cheques will not be accepted.