Do not delay - Act now.
If you are having problems paying, please contact your Business Rates Team.
If, by 30 September of the current financial year, you have failed to pay as requested on your Business Rates bill you will no longer have the right to pay by instalments.
You will then receive a Final Notice, stating you have 14 days to pay the full amount outstanding.
If you wish to make an arrangement to pay the outstanding balance, please contact your Business Rates Team immediately. Do not delay.
If you have not paid the amount requested on your Final Notice nor made an acceptable payment arrangement with us, the Council will take legal proceedings for recovery of the total amount due. In such circumstances, Aberdeenshire Council will apply to the Sheriff Court to grant a Summary Warrant against you.
When the Sheriff Court grants Summary Warrant a ten percent penalty will be added to the outstanding balance for that financial year. At that time the debt will be passed directly to our Sheriff Officer to recover and you will be contacted by them directly.
Allowing the debt to get to this stage could also result in additional charges being raised by the Sheriff Officers.
Failure to make full payment, or to contact your Business Rates Office will result in Aberdeenshire Council instructing Sheriff Officers to recover your outstanding Business Rates.