Court summons

If you do not pay your Business Rates/BID Levy or keep to an agreement to pay, we will issue you with a court summons.

If you have received a summons and have not arranged a payment plan call us straight away.

If you do not arrange to make full payment including costs, a liability order issued by the magistrate’s court which will allow us to use other means to recover the debt.

Contact our Revenues and Benefits Team

Phone 01903 737752

Do I have to go to court to attend the hearing?

Most of the time you do not need to go to court. Over the phone  we will try to agree a special payment arrangement, check if you are entitled to any discounts/reliefs and investigate any unresolved queries.

If you feel you have a valid defence against a liability order being issued, we can also discuss this over the phone without you needing to attend court.

The only valid legal defences against a liability order are either:

  • we have not followed the procedures set down in law when trying to collect your Business Rates/BID levy
  • you have paid all the overdue Business Rates/BID levy within the time limit given on the last reminder or final notice sent to you

If you believe you have a valid defence against a liability order, please contact us straight away so that we can investigate the matter. We may then withdraw the summons.

How do I pay the amount shown on the summons?

How to pay your business rates / BID levy