Melton Borough Council

Find out what enforcement agents do - Business Rates

Find out what Enforcement Agents do - Business Rates

An Enforcement Agent is commonly know as a Bailiff. They might be instructed to collect the Business Rates debt owed by you, to the council. 

If we refer your Business Rate account to an Enforcement Agent for collection, you will incur additional costs as follows:

  • £75.00 compliance fee 

You have 7 days from receiving the "Notice of Enforcement" to contact the Bailiff on 0971 677 0070 to either make payment to them or agree an arrangement to pay. Failure to make contact would result in:

  • £235.00 enforcement fee + 7.5% of any sum to be recovered exceeding £1,500

The Bailiff will visit you and enforce payment by "taking control of your goods", which may be sold at auction to pay off your Business Rate debt and all the fees you have incurred in the process.

Additional costs or fees incurred at sale/disposal stage of:

  • £110.00 + 7.5% of any sum to be recovered exceeding £1,500 plus any exceptional disbursements
This used to be called "levy" and "distress" previously and the fees charged were different.