Ways to pay business rates
By Direct Debit
Direct Debit is the Council's preferred payment method and is available
for monthly instalment payers. Download a direct debit bank mandate.
To pay online, complete our non-domestic (business) rates form.
Payment by Debit or Credit Card can be made by using the 24hr automated
service by telephoning 0300 123 0900.
Other ways to pay
By Standing Order
Payment by Standing Order can be made, although unlike direct debit,
you would have to instruct your bank to change the payments at the beginning of
every year as well as each time the liability changed.
Personal Payment can be made at any of the Council's Offices or
at any Bank.
Postal Payments should be addressed to the South Ayrshire Council, Non-Domestic Rates,
P.O. Box 31, Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 2PL.
Cheques or Postal Orders
Cheques or Postal Orders must be crossed "A/C Payee Only" and made
payable to South Ayrshire Council. Only the Bank Giro Credit Slip need be sent with
your payment, unless a receipt is required, in which case the complete Notice should
Bank Giro Credit
Complete the form provided and present the entire
Rates Notice with payment to the Bank. (Counter charges may be levied by the banks
Cash or Postal Order
Cash or Postal Order payments should be accompanied by the complete
Payment by 2 Instalments
Please retain the Rates Notice after
the first payment has been made, as it will be required for the payment of the 2nd
When to pay
Rates are payable by 10 instalments (Local Government
(Scotland) Act 1975 Sec 8). Payment to South Ayrshire Council can be made in 10
monthly instalments on the 7th of each month from May to February inclusive, or
in 2 half yearly instalments on 30th June and 30th December.
Any person liable to pay rates for a year who has not after the expiry of 6 months
(i.e. 30 September) paid an amount equal at least to the sum of 4 monthly instalments
is liable to pay the rates in full for the year or, as the case may be, the balance
of the year forthwith. After the expiry of 6 months should the rates payable be
in arrear by not less than 2 monthly instalments then the balance of rates shall
be payable forthwith.
Late or Non Payment
In terms of Section 247 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1947 a statutory addition of 10% on rates outstanding will be charged after the necessary legal steps have been taken.