What Happens If You Don't Pay Your Business Rates?

You must pay your business rates in instalments and your bill tells you when your payments are due.


  • If you have problems paying your instalment on time, you should contact us immediately.
  • If you do not pay your instalment when it is due, we will send you a reminder which says you must pay all the instalments you owe within seven days.
  • If you do not, you will lose the right to pay by instalments and you will have to pay the full amount on your account immediately.


We will only send you two reminders a year


  • If you do not pay the amount on the reminder, we will start legal proceedings for the money you owe us.
  • If we do this, you may have to pay extra costs.  We will apply to the Magistrates Court for a summons to be issued for the full amount of business rates you owe. 
  • At the Magistrates Court hearing a liability order will be requested together with reasonable costs,  currently these are £125


Please do not ignore this as recovery action will continue to be taken by the Council.  This includes:


  • Referring the debt to a civil enforcement officer 
  • Obtaining court orders  
  • Requesting the court to make a charge on your property
  • Bankruptcy or insolvency action against the debtor  
  • Committing the debtor to prison


We would prefer not to do any of these things to get back the money you owe because they will only increase the amount you already owe. 


It is vitally important that if you fall into arrears with your business rates you contact us as soon as you start to experience financial difficulties, so that an agreeable payment arrangement can be discussed


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