What happens if I don't pay

If you can't pay

The Council is required by law to take action if business rates are not paid on time.
If you find yourself unable to pay your rates, please contact us as soon as you realise this on 01327 322166 so that we can try and help you.

If you don't pay

Magistrates Court, Liability Orders and Enforcement Agents

If you don't get in touch and you don't pay an instalment on the due date you will be sent a reminder. If you don't pay the amount on the reminder within seven days you will have to pay the whole amount of business rates that you owe for the year.

If you do pay the reminder amount but then miss payments again, we will send you a second reminder. If you still do not pay we will send you a final notice and you will lose your right to pay by instalments. You will then have to pay the full amount that you owe for the year.

If you do not pay the full balance we will start legal proceedings and apply to the magistrates' court for a summons to be issued. This will incur costs of £75.00 which will be added to your account. If you do not clear the balance including the costs by the court date a liability order will be applied for which will incur further costs of £75.00 which will be added to your account.

The liability order allows us to take any one of the following actions:

1. arrange for Enforcement Agents to sell some of your goods to pay for your debt.

2. in the case of sole traders and partnerships, apply for you to go to prison for up to 90 days (if the Enforcement Agents could not get enough money from selling your goods).

If you pay what you owe in full at any time during any of these processes, all action and costs will stop at this point.

High Court, Liquidation and Bankruptcy

If the above processes are unsuccessful and we have not been able to agree a mutually acceptable way forward, we may start bankruptcy or liquidation proceedings against you. We will serve a statutory demand for the amount you owe, which will give you 21 days to settle the debt. If you or your company receive a statutory demand you should contact us immediately because we will present a petition for bankruptcy or liquidation to the High Court if you do not pay the amount shown on the statutory demand within 21 days.

If a bankruptcy order is granted against you, this will mean that:

If you are made bankrupt, the official receiver may control your spending for up to three years.

If your company is placed into liquidation, this will mean that:

We would strongly urge you to contact us at the earliest opportunity if you are having problems paying your business rates. If you receive a liability order or statutory demand this is a serious matter and requires your immediate attention.

Contact details

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01327 322190

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