Business rates - recovery action

If you are experiencing any difficulty paying your business rates, please contact us so we can discuss your options.

If you believe you should be given special consideration because of your unique circumstances, please contact us so we can discuss your options.

If your bill is not paid:

  • You will be sent a first reminder notice requiring the account be brought up to date, along with any other payment due within the next 7 days.
  • If you pay after the first reminder but at a later date do not pay on time, you will be sent a second reminder notice.
  • If the reminder is not paid, or if you have received a second reminder you will be sent a final notice. The full balance will become due in 7 days. If you are unable to pay the balance in full please contact this office.
  • If you still do not pay, a Magistrates' Court Summons will be issued. This gives you notice to appear before the court on a specified date

If you receive a summons and are unable to pay the amount in full by the hearing date, please contact this office. We can agree to an alternative arrangement. This can be agreed prior to the court hearing, although you will be subject to the Liability Order and associated costs.

If payment is still not received

  • We can pass your account to an Enforcement Agent for collection. This will incur additional fees which are outlined as follows:
Enforcement agent additional fees
Stage                                Fee                            Percentage Fee






7.5% on excess of debts over £1,500



7.5% on excess of debts over £1,500

The compliance fee of £75 will be payable for each Liability Order the moment a local authority refers it to the Enforcement Agency.

  • We can proceed with bankruptcy proceeding against individuals who have substantial debts.
  • For a company with substantial debts we can proceed with liquidation proceedings. These are taken at County Court.
  • A summons can be issued requiring you to attend a committal proceedings hearing at a Magistrates' Court. A warrant can be issued to place you in prison for up to three months. This can involve additional costs.
  • In exceptional circumstances a  charging order can be made against your property. This means that if your property is sold, the business rates debts would be paid from the proceeds.