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Business rates arrears

Business rates court summons

If you do not make business rates payments by their due dates, after already receiving a reminder notice, you may be issued a summons to Magistrates Court, and we'll add £100 costs to your account.

If a summons has been issued, you can still make an arrangement to pay.

Any payment arrangement:

  • would come into place after the court hearing
  • would not stop the matter going to court
  • would not prevent further costs from being added

If you're unable to clear the balance in full straight away, you can propose a Special Payment Arrangement to clear the debt. To do this, contact the Recovery Team on email:

Magistrates Court hearings are now held remotely. You don't have to attend the remote court hearing if you're not disputing that you owe the debt. However, if you do wish to attend, you must provide more than 7 days’ notice to the Business Rates Team. Additionally, the magistrates will ask if you have a valid defence, as well as evidence, to stop a liability order being granted.

Refer to the summons guidance notes included with your summons for more information.

Also see

Business Rates

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551140