Business rates enforcement visits

We appoint enforcement agents to act on our behalf to collect business rate arrears from sole traders or companies whose records show that they owe business rates.

Enforcement agents act as the Council's agents and have the legal authority to approach you to collect arrears.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council use two enforcement agencies (Equita and Rossendales) to collect outstanding Business rates.

Once an enforcement agents contacts you, the enforcement agent will charge an additional fee, which you must pay.

Inability to pay

If you are unable to make full payment, you must contact the enforcement agency directly with your proposal for a payment arrangement. The letters the enforcement agent leaves will tell you exactly how to do this, and you can find out more information by visiting their web sites.

If the enforcement agents cannot find any goods you may may receive a summons to appear before the Magistrates again. At this hearing the Magistrates have the power to send a debtor to prison for up to three months. The Magistrates will order the arrest of a debtor who fails to attend this Court hearing.

Alternatively if the rates are owed by a limited company a winding up application may be made to the Court.

This process is known as liquidation.