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Register for and pay non domestic rates

Non domestic rates

Non domestic rates - often referred to as business rates - are charged on most non-domestic properties (including commercial ones) such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories. If you use a building or part of a building for non-domestic purposes, you will probably have to pay business rates.

Click here to view Copeland Council's 2019/20 Council Tax and Business Rates booklet which includes explanatory notes for business rates.

Click here to register for non-domestic rates.

How to pay

Most people pay their non domestic/ business rates for the year by ten monthly instalments from April to January. You will find these instalments shown on your bill. However if you prefer you can opt to pay the full amount at the start of the year, or by two instalments (April and October).

Business rates are due on the first day of every month from April to January.

Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the most cost effective method of payment for us to administer therefore we offer a choice of payment dates for those paying by this way.  The payment dates are the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd of the month. 

Direct Debit has the following advantages:

  • You don't have to remember to make a payment, write a cheque or visit the business rates office - the payment will automatically be made for you.
  • You will be notified of the monthly instalment at least 14 days before the first payment is due
  • You will receive a bill but this will be for information only.
  • Apart from checking your bank statement you don't have anything else to do.
  • By becoming a direct debit payer you keep the cost of collection low and thus allow more of your money to be used to provide services.

To set up a Direct Debit either complete this form or, telephone us on 01946 598300, with your account details.  Please quote your non domestic rates account reference number.


You can also pay your business rates (and other council bills) online, which has the following advantages:

  • You can make regular or one-off payments online, from work, the home or anywhere with Internet access.
  • You can make payments online, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Go to the online payment page

Standing order

Sort code - 010954
Account number - 83830340

Please quote your business rates account number as the reference.


Call the council on 01946 598300 and select option 1.  Please listen carefully to the instructions and have your card details and business rates account reference number to hand.


  • By post – please make your cheque payable to Copeland Borough Council and write your account reference number on the back.
  • At any post office or PayPoint using the barcode on your bill as your reference