Having problems paying your bill?
What happens if I don’t pay my business rates?
Send a reminder notice
If you miss a payment, we will send you a reminder notice giving you seven days to bring your payments up to date. You can ignore the notice if you have paid the amount owed in the last few days.
We will only send you one reminder notice in a financial year. If you miss any payments, after receiving the reminder, we will cancel your instalment plan and ask you to pay the full outstanding balance of your business rates bill.
Send a final notice
If you receive a final notice you have lost your right to pay by instalments and must pay the full outstanding balance within seven days. If you fail to pay we will then apply for a summons, including extra costs, to be issued against you.
Issue a summons
If you receive a summons, which is a Magistrates’ Court summons, you must pay the full amount including the summons costs of £85. If you pay the full amount (including the summons costs) before the court hearing date, no further action will be taken.
Apply for a liability order
If you do not pay the full balance (including costs of £85), by the court hearing date, we will apply for a liability order to be issued, which will incur an extra cost of £5.
In some circumstance we may agree a short-term payment arrangement. This will only be on the basis that the court action continues and the total costs of the enforcement action are included in the payment arrangement.
Instruct enforcement agents
We may instruct an enforcement agent (previously known as a bailiff) to collect the debt. If you:
do not pay in full
do not make an acceptable arrangement with us
fail to keep to the arrangement.
This action may be taken on the same day the liability order is granted at court with no further notice to you.