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What happens if my rates bill is not paid?

If you are having difficulty paying your non-domestic rates bill it is essential that you contact us as soon as possible to discuss your options.  You can do this using our online form.


Non Domestic Rates is payable over 10 monthly instalments from May to February the following year. The Council issues a notice at the start of the financial year advising the total amount payable and monthly instalments.

Final Notice

If you do not make payments as requested in your Non Domestic Rates notice, we will send you a final notice. The final notice withdraws your right to pay by instalments and requests full payment of the outstanding balance for the financial year within 14 days. If you wish to discuss payments or want to make a repayment arrangement, please contact the Council through our contact form.

Summary Warrant

If payment is not made within the terms of the final notice, the Council will make application for a summary warrant to the Sheriff Court. If the summary warrant is granted, 10% statutory addition will be added to the balance. The application of a summary warrant is made without any further notification to you.

Debt Management Partners

Once a summary warrant is granted, the Council will pass the account to our Debt Management Partner, Walker Love. Walker Love will contact you to collect the outstanding balance. If payment is not made, Walker love may take enforcement action such as a bank arrestment or attachment of goods.

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