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Difficulty paying business rates

At the start of each financial year, we will send a business rates bill to whoever is listed on our records as being responsible for payment. We will send you a bill which shows the amount due after any deductions that you may be entitled to.

Each bill will allow payment to be made by monthly instalments on the 1st of the month and at least 14 days will be allowed before the first instalment is due.

You can find out more about our business rates relief here.

If you need to change our records, please contact us on the details below.

If you have difficulty in paying

Please contact us as soon as you think you’ll have difficulties paying your instalments. We can discuss your options and potentially an alternative arrangement for payment.

All instalments are due on the 1st of each month and if you do not pay as they become due, we’ll send you a Reminder Notice. If you bring your payments up to date within seven days, you can carry on paying by instalments.

However, if your instalments are not brought up to date, the full balance on your account will become payable and we may have to take court action to enforce payment of the debt.

If your payments are brought up to date but you then miss an instalment, you will be sent a Final Notice and the balance for the year will be come due in full. Again, we may have to take court action to enforce payment of the debt.

If you disagree with your bill

If you disagree with the bill which has been sent, we can be contacted to discuss what you object to and why.

If your grievance is about a valuation matter and you intend to follow the appeals procedure to the Valuation Tribunal, you will still be expected to pay the instalments as and when they become due.

Contact us - Business Rates

0845 300 5562
(Text phone users add 18001 before dialing)

South Oxfordshire District Council
PO Box 162