Paying Council Tax to Bristol City Council

How to pay council tax with Bristol Pounds

When you pay your council tax in Bristol Pounds you’re supporting small, local businesses as Bristol City Council will use Bristol Pounds to pay local suppliers instead of big corporate companies. This keeps more money in Bristol – making our local economy stronger and fairer.

Bristol Pound members can pay their council tax in Bristol Pounds online. This can be done as a one-off payment or as regular scheduled payments, or better still, you schedule the entire year's payment (see the final part of this article). Remember council tax is paid in 10 monthly instalments throughout the tax year and usually your first instalment is slightly more than the other 9 payments.

How to pay council tax with Bristol Pounds - one-off payment

  1. Login to your Bristol Pound account (See here if you need help).
  2. Click on the Banking tab and choose Member Payment to set up an online payment.
  3. In the username field type BCCPaymentsIn
  4. Enter the Amount you wish to pay
  5. Set Scheduling to Pay now (not scheduled)
  6. Enter your BCC Council Tax Acct No: your 11 digit account number found in the top left of you bill
  7. Add a Description if you wish (e.g. Council Tax for October)
  8. Click Submit and confirm the payment.

 

How to set up regular council tax payments

Set up your council tax payments in advance and relax knowing your bill is being paid every month. You'll be making regular payments without regular effort.

Handy Tip: Council tax bills are split into 10 monthly payments. The amount of the April payment is different to the other 9 equal amounts. The April payment can be made as a single scheduled payment - just follow the steps above but for step 5 choose Single payment in future with the Scheduling date set for April 1st. The following 9 monthly payments can be scheduled together as Recurring payments, as detailed below:

To set-up a scheduled payment:

  1. Login to your Bristol Pound account (See here if you need help).
  2. Click on the Banking tab and choose Member Payment to set up an online payment.
  3. In the username field type BCCPaymentsIn.
  4. Enter the Amount you wish to pay for each occurrence.
  5. For Scheduling choose Recurring payments.
  6. Set the First occurrence as a Future date and choose the date of the payment (e.g. 1st March 2017)
  7. Set Process until to A fixed number of occurrences and enter how many payments you would like to make
  8. Set Process every to 1 Months to process the payment on the same date each month for the set number of occurrences
  9. Enter your BCC Council Tax Acct No: your 11 digit account number found in the top left of you bill
  10. Add a Description if you wish (e.g. Council Tax for next 3 months)
  11. Click Submit. You will be shown the details of the payments you are setting-up. If there is something you wish to change click Back. If all the details are correct and you wish to proceed, click Submit.

If it is part way through the year, just set up your regular payments for the remainder of the council tax year and amend the number of occurrences to suit.

 

How to set up council tax payments for the whole year
 
Here’s the guide to the ultimate hands free council tax payments. As of August 2016 a new feature makes setting up your council tax payments even easier:
 
  1. Login to your Bristol Pound account (See here if you need help).
  2. Click on the Banking tab and choose Member Payment to set up an online payment.
  3. In the username field type BCCPaymentsIn.
  4. Enter the Amount for the entire council tax year (e.g. for 2016/17 band B you would enter 1,338.75)
  5. For Scheduling choose Multiple installments and set the Installment count to 10
  6. Set the First installment as a Future date and choose 1st April of that year
  7. Click Preview and the amount will be broken down into 10 equal payments (with a final slightly larger payment). Change these amounts to the same as the amounts Bristol City Council has detailed on your bill.
  8. Enter your BCC Council Tax Acct No: your 11 digit account number found in the top left of you bill
  9. Add a description if you wish (e.g. Council Tax for 2017/18)
  10. Click Submit. You will be shown the details of the payments you are setting-up. If there is something you wish to change click Back. If all the details are correct and you wish to proceed, click Submit.

Once you have set up the instalments you can review them by going to the Banking tab and choosing Installments.

Below is a screenshot of a council tax payment being set up for 2017/18:

For more information on setting up, reviewing and cancelling regular payments go to: www.bristolpound.org/regularpayments