Make a business rates payment
We accept payments for both council tax and business rates.
If you do not know which authority you are based in then please use the local authority search.
Payments to an enforcement agency
To make a payment for an amount being collected by an enforcement agency, please contact the collection company.
Apply to pay over 12 monthly instalments
Pay By Direct Debit
Setting up a direct debit is quick and easy. You’ll need your:
- Council Tax/Business Rates account number
- Bank name , branch and sort code
- Bank account number and name(s) on the account
To change your Direct Debit, fill in a new form
You can also set up your Direct Debit over the phone: 0808 164 8610
We accept all major debit and credit cards.
Pay by Phone
Call 01403 215645 to pay by credit or debit card.
This automated service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Pay by Home Banking
Horsham District Council’s bank details are:
- Account number: 00000000
- Sort Code: 62-21-52
Please ensure you quote your Council Tax account reference when making your payment.
If you are having problems paying your business rates then please contact us immediately.
What are the steps taken if I do not pay?
If a business rates instalment is not paid then the following steps will be taken by the council.
- Reminder – Reminder letter sent
- Final Notice issued – You may receive this notice under certain circumstances but not always. This notice stops your right to pay by instalments and requests that the full balance remaining on the account is paid within 7 days.
- Court Summons – If payment is not received following the Reminder and/or Final Notice then a summons will be issued and the person liable will have to appear at a designated Magistrates Court. Further cost will be incurred due to the court costs. There is no need to attend court if you accept that the Business Rates is due.
- Further Steps – At the court hearing the Council will ask for the Magistrates to issue a liability order. This will enable the Council to take further steps to recover outstanding Council Tax. See how the Council recovers unpaid Business Rates in the section below.
How the council recovers unpaid business rates
The council may take the following methods when recovering business rates:
The debt is paid off in a number of instalments
We may send your debt to an enforcement agent for collection. This will mean you will have to pay their fees, which can be high.
Any payment or arrangements for payment will have to be made directly with them and not the council. Once the debt is passed on, we will not ask for it to be returned unless there are exceptional circumstances. They have the power to remove your goods if they don’t get payment in full or a suitable payment arrangement.
If you have any queries about bailiff action, please then contact the enforcement agency.
Bankruptcy or winding up proceedings
The council can commence bankruptcy or winding up proceedings against you.