Business rates arrears

You would normally have to pay business rates if you own or are renting business premises. Business rates are a priority debt. This means the council has strong powers to get their money back including using sheriff officers.

Business Debtline can give you advice and information on the types of action your council can take against you and how you can negotiate with them to pay what you owe.

Dealing with your priority debts and Business rates for more information on how to deal with business rates arrears.

See our fact sheet:

Business rates.




This fact sheet explains the powers the council has if they take action to recover business rates debt from you.

Use this fact sheet to:

  • understand what the council can and can’t do;
  • deal with any action they take;
  • help you negotiate with the council about the debt, including how to ask for time to pay; and
  • make a complaint about sheriff officer or council behaviour.

This fact sheet includes some useful contacts and links for you to get further help.