What will happen if you do not pay your business rates.
Our records show you haven't paid the instalments as requested on your bill.
Please contact us immediately, as it may be possible to make alternative arrangements for you to pay.
You have already had at least one reminder notice and have fallen behind again. This means that the full amount outstanding for the year is due; or the amount outstanding is in respect of a previous year.
PAY BY Direct Debit. Contact us and join the thousands of Dudley taxpayers who already pay this way.
You have the right to pay by instalments, but if you do not pay every month, and a summons is issued, you have lost the right to pay by instalments and the full amount outstanding for the year becomes payable immediately.
Costs cover the extra expenses the Council has incurred, such as correspondence, postage and costs payable to the Magistrates' Court.
The Council will apply to the Magistrates' Court for a liability order.
The Council can try to obtain payment by:
instructing enforcement agents (bailiffs)
commencing bankruptcy proceedings
requesting information from you concerning your personal circumstances
If you are personally liable the Council can apply to the Court for your committal to prison.
Yes. If you are unable to pay any amount requested from you at any time please contact us immediately. We are always willing to listen, and after considering your financial circumstances, will try to come to a mutually acceptable payment arrangement. You can contact us on 0300 555 8000 or by using the form below:
You can write to the enforcement agent direct or use the Council's customer feedback procedure. If you are unhappy with the final outcome, or you feel the Council is taking too long to look into the matter (12 weeks is considered reasonable), you can complain to the Local Government Ombudsman.