Business Improvement District (BID) levy

What does the BID do?

The Chichester BID will seek to:

  • Improve the marketing and promotion of our city centre
  • Improve the organisation of our city centre
  • Improve the quality of the environment of our city centre
  • Improve the safety and security of our city centre, including support of the evening and night time economy

The Chichester District Council business rates team administer and collect the bid payments on behalf of the partnership.


If you have any questions relating to payment please contact the business rates team.

Recovery action

If the annual bill is under £250.00 the amount due is payable in one instalment. The recovery process is similar to business rates.

If you are experiencing any difficulty pay your BID levy please contact us so we can discuss your options.

If your bill is not paid:

  • You will be sent a first reminder notice requiring the account be brought up to date, along with any other payment due with the next 7 days
  • If the reminder is not paid, or if you do not keep up with subsequent instalments (where applicable) you will be sent a final notice. The full balance will become due in 7 days. If you are unable to pay the balance in full please contact this office.
  • If you still do not pay, a Magistrates' Court Summons will be issued. This gives you notice to appear before the Court on a specified date
  • If you pay the full balance including the Summons costs before the hearing, no further action will be taken
  • If the balance (including costs) is not paid by the hearing date we will apply for a Liability Order for the amount due. This will incur additional costs

If you receive a summons and are unable to pay the amount in full by the hearing date please contact this office. We can agree to an alternative arrangement. This can be agreed prior to the court hearing, although you will be subject to the Liability Order and associated costs.

If payment is still not received, we can:

  • Pass your account to an Enforcement Agent for collection. This will incur additional fees which are outlined as follows:
Enforcement agent fees
StageFeePercentage Fee

Compliance

£75

-

Enforcement

£235

7.5% on excess of debts over £1,500

Sale

£110

7.5% on excess of debts over £1,500

The compliance fee of £75 will be payable for each Liability Order the moment a local authority refers it to the Enforcement Agency. The additional enforcement fee of £235 plus a % fee will be due on the first visit.

  • We can proceed with bankruptcy proceedings against individuals who have substantial costs
  • For a company with substantial debts we can proceed with liquidation proceedings. These are taken at County Court
  • A summons can be issued requiring you to attend a committal proceedings hearing at a Magistrates' Court. A warrant can be issued to place you in prison for up to three months. This can involve additional costs
  • In exceptional circumstances a charging order can be made against your property. This means that if your property is sold, the BID levy would be paid from the proceedings


Corporate debt recovery policy

 

How to pay Business Improvement District (Bid) levy

If the annual bill is under £250.00 the amount due is payable in one instalment.

If the annual bill is £250.00 or higher the amount due is payable over a maximum of ten monthly instalments (depending on when your bill is sent) on the 15th of each month.


Please ensure you have your BID levy account number (as shown on your bill) to quote.

You can also pay your bill/account in a number of ways:

Direct debit

The most convenient way to pay the BID levy is by direct debit. The advantages include:

  • Payments can be made monthly on the 1st, 15th or 25th, or once a year (depending on the annual charge)
  • Time is saved (there is no need to write or post cheques)
  • Queues are avoided
  • You don't need to worry about forgetting to pay
  • You don't have to carry cash
  • You don't have to buy stamps
  • You don't have to notify your bank/building society if the amount or date changes
  • It's easy to cancel
  • You have a money back guarantee and you are protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee, which monitors the efficiency of the scheme

Please download the form from the link below. Once you have signed and completed it please post it direct to the council offices at East Pallant House. Confirmation of the amounts to be collected and the dates they are requested to you will be sent to you a minimum of ten working days in advance of the first payment being requested, or as otherwise agreed.

 

Debit card by telephone

Payment can be made using your debit card. Please call 01243 534525 to make a payment. Please ensure you have your BID levy account number as shown on your bill ready to quote. Please note you cannot pay your BID levy by credit card.

 

Bacs/internet banking

Please use the following Chichester District Council bank details:

  • Sort Code: 60-05-24
  • Bank account number: 26121220

Please ensure you quote the BID levy account number as shown on your latest bill.