If you miss paying an instalment, a reminder will be sent asking you to bring the account up-to-date within seven days.

If you pay the amount requested on the reminder, you may continue paying by instalments. You are allowed one late payment only in each financial year. If your payments fall behind a second time, a Final Notice may be issued.

If the reminder is not paid within seven days, you will lose the right to pay by instalments and the outstanding balance will become due immediately.

If you are unable to pay the amount due, please contact the Business Rates Team immediately.

If you do not pay or make any contact, a summons will be issued and a Liability Order subsequently obtained from the Magistrates’ Court.

This will incur additional costs that will be added to your account.

A Liability Order gives the Council the right to:

  • Make an arrangement with the ratepayer to clear the debt and the costs
  • Pass the case to the council’s enforcement officers who will recover the money owed to the council and additional costs will be incurred
  • Commence bankruptcy or liquidation proceedings

Failure to recover the debt by the above methods may ultimately result in the council applying to the Magistrates’ Court for a committal warrant which can result in a term of imprisonment.