Creating billing groups - AWS Billing Conductor

Creating billing groups

You can use AWS Billing Conductor to create billing groups to organize your accounts. By default, payer accounts with admin permissions can create billing groups. Each billing group is mutually exclusive. This means that an account can only belong to one billing group in a given billing period. Although you can see the billing group segmentation immediately, it takes up to 24 hours after creating a billing group to see the group’s custom rates reflected.


Moving accounts across billing groups in the middle of the month will initiate the recomputation of both billing groups back to the start of the billing period. Moving accounts mid-month doesn't affect previous billing periods.

Use the following steps to create a billing group.

To create a billing group
  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open AWS Billing Conductor at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Billing groups.

  3. Choose Create billing group.

  4. For Billing group details, enter the name of the billing group. For naming restrictions, see Quotas and restrictions.

  5. (Optional) For Description, enter a description for the billing group.

  6. For Pricing plan, choose a pricing plan to associate with the billing group. To create a pricing plan, see Creating pricing plans.

  7. (Optional) For Additional settings, you can enable automatic account association for the billing group.

    • Only one billing group can have automatic account association.

    • Once you enable this feature, accounts that are created or added to your organization will be automatically associated to this billing group.

    • If you currently have a CloudTrail logging trail, you can review your automatic account associations in your CloudTrail log.

  8. Under Accounts, choose one or more accounts to add to the billing group or choose Import organizational unit to automatically select the accounts that are within an organizational unit. For a policy example to grant access to the import OU feature, see Granting Billing Conductor access to the import organizational unit feature.

    You can use the table filter to sort by account names, account IDs, or the root email address that's associated with an account.

  9. The primary account inherits the ability to see pro forma cost and usage across the billing group, and can generate a pro forma Cost and Usage Reports (AWS CUR) for the billing group.

    If you choose a primary account that joined your organization during the current month, the pro forma costs for all accounts in that billing group will only include cost and usage accrued since the primary account joined the organization. To check the join date, choose Validate joined date. For more information, see Understanding the importance of the primary account join date.

  10. Choose Create billing group.

    • You must select your primary account in step 9. You can't change your primary account after the billing group is created. To assign a new primary account, delete the billing group and regroup your accounts. While a payer account can be included within a billing group, a payer account can't be assigned the role of the primary account.

    • If the primary account of a billing group leaves your organization and this billing group has automatic account association enabled, it will continue to automatically associate accounts until the end of the month. Then, the billing group will be automatically deleted. You can enable automatic account association for an existing billing group or create another one.

Billing group table

After you create a billing group, you can view the details of the billing group in a filterable table. You can filter using the following dimensions:

  • Billing group name

  • Primary account name

  • Primary account ID

  • Number of accounts

  • Pricing plan name

To view the details for each billing group, choose the billing group name in the table. The billing group that you enabled for the automatic account association feature will have an Auto-associate icon next to the billing group name.