What to do if you can't pay your business rates

Find out about the help available if you're having trouble paying your business rates, and what happens if you don't pay.

Contact us

Contact us as soon as possible if you're struggling to pay your business rates. We can change your payment date or arrange a payment plan to help you.

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When you miss a payment

If you miss a payment, the following steps happen automatically:

  1. We'll send you a reminder within 12 days of a missed payment
  2. If you don't respond to the reminder within 7 days, you'll get a court summons that includes extra costs of up to £125
  3. If you still don't pay, the Magistrates Court may give you a Liability Order with extra costs of up to £61
  4. Your debt is then passed to our enforcement team and could lead to removal of goods or business insolvency