If you are a paid member, your billing schedule depends on which billing model the creator has selected. With all of our billing options, members unlock membership access upon sign-up.
Keep reading to learn more about the current payment models:
Please note that the images below do not show sales tax, which will be applied to a membership payment where applicable. Patreon is required by law to add sales tax (including VAT or other similar taxes) to some payments made by members. .
With subscription billing, paid members pay when they join a creator’s membership and renew monthly on that same date on UTC. Please note that you may be charged up to 24 hours beforehand due to time zone differences.
If you join a creator’s membership on the last day of the month, your payment date will be on the last day of the next month. For example, if you join on 31st January during a leap year, your next charge date will be 28th February. You’ll be charged on the 29th of each month going forward. This date will then reset to the 28th when reaching February of the upcoming year.
Learn more about subscription billing here: Subscription billing FAQ.
Monthly charge upfront
Charge up front is a billing model where paid members pay up front to join the creator’s page, granting access to the creator’s backlog of content on Patreon. After the first payment, members pay on the 1st of each month on PT for the month of access.
Feel free to read through our guide on charge up front billing to learn more.
Monthly (non-charge up front)
Monthly (non-charge up front) is a billing method where there’s no payment needed to join and unlock membership access. Paid members pay on the 1st of each month on PT for any access they had the previous month.
Per creation is a billing model where members pay their membership amount per paid post the creator makes after they sign up. Members can set a monthly maximum number of posts they’ll pay for, but they’ll get access to any paid post made beyond their maximum.
Members pay on the 1st of each month on PT for paid posts published the previous month.
We retry declined payments even if the member cancels or changes their per creation membership. Members can find a complete record of payments in their Billing history.
Annual membership is a billing option where paid members pay up front to unlock access to a creator’s back catalogue and an entire year of membership.
- If the creator uses subscription billing, members will be charged upon sign-up and yearly on their join date on UTC.
- If a creator uses monthly charge up front billing, then members are charged when they join and yearly on the first of the month on PT, a year after the initial join date, and on that date every year until cancelled.
Frequently asked questions
The names of creators you support will not be included in your statement. Your payment will be processed as Patreon and listed as one of the following line items:
- PATREON* Membership
- CKO Patreon* Membership
- PAYPAL *PATREON IN
- PATREON* Membership
If the creator uses monthly charge up front billing, then yes, you can cancel if your payment is declined, and we will not retry your payment. This is because charge up front payments are for the preceding month.
If the creator uses per-creation or monthly (non-charge up front) billing, we will retry your payment even if you cancel or decrease your membership. If your membership is active on the 1st of the month, you can expect your payment to be processed.
Creator’s billing model What happens when you cancel Subscription billing
If a member cancels before their next billing date, they retain their membership access until the next billing date (which depends on your join date).
Due to time zone differences, we recommend cancelling at least 24 hours before your next billing date if you don’t want to renew your bill.
Monthly charge up front If a member cancels before the 1st of the month, they won’t be billed. They’ll retain their membership access until the next billing cycle. Monthly (non-charge up front) If a member cancels before the 1st of the month, they won’t be billed. Their membership access ends as soon as they cancel. Per creation When a member cancels a per creation membership, we process any pending bills on their account. The member’s access ends as soon as they cancel. Members can check for any pending bills before cancelling by viewing their billing history. Annual membership If you cancel your annual membership before your next charge date, you’ll retain your membership access for the remainder of the year you paid for. You’ll lose membership access after your next billing date.
Creator’s billing model When you upgrade Subscription billing
When members upgrade to a higher membership level, their billing date does not change. They’ll be charged the outstanding amount immediately and will get access to the higher-tier membership for the remainder of their billing period.
They’ll be charged their upgraded membership amount on their next billing date.
When a member upgrades a per creation membership, they instantly unlock access to the higher membership. Their higher membership applies to future paid posts made up to their monthly max.
We won’t exceed your monthly limit, so you may not be billed for additional paid posts. If you want to ensure a creator gets your increased amount, you may want to increase your monthly limit for the month.
Monthly charge upfront When members upgrade a charge up front membership, payments already made for the month are credited towards the upgrade, and they pay the difference.
The member pays their higher membership amount on the 1st of the month.
Monthly (non-charge up front)
Members who upgrade a monthly (non-charge up front) membership immediately access the higher membership.
There’s no charge to upgrade, and the member pays their higher membership amount on the 1st of the month.
When a member upgrades an annual membership, a pro-rated amount of what they’ve already paid is credited, and they pay the remaining upgrade cost.
When you update an annual membership, it extends your term for a year from that date.
Creator’s billing model When you switch to a lower tier Subscription billing
If a member switches to a lower tier, they’ll remain on their original tier until the next billing date. They’ll have access to the lower tier membership on their next billing date.
Decreasing your membership will not change the amount of any pending bills already posted to your Billing history.
Your lower amount will be applied to future paid posts if your monthly limit has not already been met.
Monthly charge up front
Decreasing your membership does not affect the current month’s membership access. Since you’ve already paid for the month upfront, decreasing affects your membership renewal on the upcoming first of the month.
We recommend switching to a lower tier closer to the end of the month for a smooth transition.
Monthly (non-charge up front) If you decrease your membership, your access is instantly limited to the new (lower) tier that you’ve joined. Annual membership
At the moment, there’s no way to change your annual membership to a lower tier. You can, however, join a lower tier after your year membership has ended with a slight workaround.
You can cancel your membership near the end of your year term and then re-join at a lower-tier option once the year has passed.
If you believe that you’ve been overcharged, the first thing to do is check your payment statement with your Billing history on Patreon. Going through a few months of billing may help you confirm where the additional amount is coming from – declining bills that are processed later can be alarming if you don’t know what it’s for.
If you have separate charges on your payment statement that don’t add up, you may have more than one account triggering charges. Please log out and then use password reset. You can enter other email addresses you own outside of your known account. If you receive a message saying that we’ve sent you a password reset link to one of your other emails, you also have an account with that email address.