Non-payment of Business Rates

You must pay the instalments shown on your Business Rates bill even if you dispute the amount due. 

If you think you will struggle to pay your bill, please telephone us on 01823 356433 to discuss setting up a special repayment plan. We will usually only do this if you agree to pay by Direct Debit. 

What happens if you don’t pay

If you do not pay a Business Rates instalment on time, we will send you a reminder telling you to pay the instalment within seven days.

If you do not pay this amount within seven days, we will issue you with a court summons. We will add costs of £74.15 to your bill.

Once we issue a summons we will only consider setting up a special repayment plan over the remaining months of the financial year and no further.  This will be on the condition we obtain a Liability Order from the Magistrates Court. We will include the court costs in the repayment plan.

It is very unlikely you will need to attend the hearing in person. Please contact us on 01823 356433 if you wish to discuss the matter on getting a summons.

If the court grants a liability order we will pass the case to our Enforcement Agent for collection.  You can avoid this happening by agreeing a repayment plan with us - phone us on 01823 356433 to set one up.

It is not a legal defence to say you have money problems or you should be getting a reduction.  You should always contact us to discuss your circumstances - there's a good chance we can resolve the matter. 

If we take you to court to obtain a liability order, we will assume you have received all the bills and reminders (notices) we have sent to you unless you can prove you did not receive them.

We will only send notices to your last known address. If you have moved without telling us it is not a defence to claim the notices were sent to an old address. You must tell us when you move. You can do this by, over the telephone, or in person at The Deane House.

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