Not paying your business rates

We will follow a statutory recovery process in line with the Non-Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) Regulations if you don’t pay your business rates.

When you miss an instalment, a reminder notice is issued asking for your account to be brought up to date. If your account continues to falls into arrears we issue a ‘final notice’. This means you have lost the right to pay by instalments and the balance for the year is due. If you do not pay, a court summons will be issued which can add extra costs to your account.

Contact us immediately if you receive a notice.

If you can’t settle the bill, including the costs, we will apply to the magistrates court for a liability order. The liability order allows us to take further action to recover the debt by:

  • instructing enforcement agents to collect on our behalf
  • starting bankruptcy proceedings
  • starting liquidation proceedings