Reduced Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page

We ask that all residents #StayHomeSaveLives – see a Message from the Leader of the Council


Message from Mayor of Castle Point Councillor Colin Riley

From July 4th new changes on lockdown come into place. Pubs, bars and restaurants are able to open subject to government guidelines.

We want our residents to enjoy themselves but it is important we all act responsibly.  

  • Stay alert and stay safe to help prevent spreading the virus.
  • Keep a safe distance from others  and continue to wash your hands regularly.

If you do go to the  pub, have fun but be sensible;show respect for others and do not do anything that puts you or other people at risk.

How to pay your Council Tax bill

How to make your payment.

You can pay in the following ways:

Pay Online

You can make online payments using our secure website:

Advice and Support

Please see the advice and support timetable Advice & Support Timetable[pdf] 311KB  showing what is available across the borough for free.

Payment straight into our bank account (Direct Credit)

Please give your bank your Council Tax reference number and the following details of our bank account

  • Bank: Lloyds Bank, 1 Legg Street, Chelmsford. CM1 1JS
  • Sort code: 30-91-56
  • Account number: 00465509

Please see the payment dates in the table below.

By Direct Debit

We now offer a wider variety of direct debit options. We have increased the options to try and provide greater choice and flexibility for residents.

Now on offer are:

  • 12 monthly payments  (on the 1st, 7th, 14th, 21st, or 28th)
  • 10 monthly payments  (Apr to Jan) (on the 1st, 7th, 14th, 21st, or 28th)
  • 10 monthly payments  (with a payment holiday, see below)
  • 4 weekly payments      (every fourth Friday)
  • Fortnightly payments  (every second Friday)
  • Weekly payments         (every Friday)

Complete the quick and simple online direct debit claim form below. Use the controls on the top of the form page for navigation. Once you have submitted the online instruction we will confirm your direct debit plan has been set up. Please have your bank details to hand.

Direct Debit Online

Payment Holiday

If you pay by direct debit over 10 monthly instalments, you may request a payment holiday. You can choose any months for your payment holiday eg August & December (school holidays & Christmas) and your payment holiday can be a maximum of 2 months. This may help to budget for particular months where you may be more financially stretched. Please note that any change in your liability may result in the cancellation of your payment holidays and you may need to contact us to set it up again. For more information call 01268 882200 option 2.

If you are already paying by direct debit and wish to change to the payment holiday option please email preferably with your payment reference number (the number starts with 41 and will be 10 digits long)  or name and address and the two months you wish to have your payment holiday for.

Please see the payment dates in the table below.


By Credit or Debit Card

By ringing 0300 456 0629 to use our automated service which is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Mobile charges may apply. Please remember we do not issue receipts for credit/debit card payments.

Please see the payment dates in the table below.


Payment Dates

The dates available for all payment methods are as follows:

Payment Dates
  12 monthly payments on the 1st of April to the 1st of March 12 monthly payments on 1st, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th April to March 10 monthly payments  1st April to 1st January 10 monthly payments on 1st, 7th,14th, 21st, 28th  April to January 2 half yearly payments on 1st May and 1st November 1 payment on 1st May

Weekly payments every Friday only, April - March

 4 weekly payments every Friday only, April - March


Direct Debit Available Available Available Available Available Available Available  Available
By cheque Available   Available   Available Available Available  
By Debit Card Available   Available   Available Available Available  
By Credit Card Available   Available   Available Available Available  
By on-line payment Available   Available   Available Available Available  

Please note that if your first instalment is due after April, the number of instalments by which you may be able to pay will reduce.