What Happens If I Don't Pay?

If, for any reason, you don't pay your Business Rates on time we are legally obliged to issue documents advising you of this and warning you what could happen next. 

What document you get depends on how many times you have missed your payment. It could be a reminder, final notice or a summons.

If you receive a summons then the matter is likely to go to court where we will be applying for a liability order. 

A liability order gives us various powers to help us recover the debt:

  • Distress (removal of goods to pay a debt)
  • Bankruptcy/Winding Up
  • Committal to prison

If you have problems paying your business rates please contact us - we may be able to make a special arrangement with you.