Wight BID

Recovery Action

Recovery action

The amount due for the BID levy is payable in one instalment. The recovery process is similar to business rates.

If you are experiencing any difficulty paying your BID levy please contact us so we can discuss your options.  You can get in touch by using the information found in the 'Contact' tab above.

If your bill is not paid:

  • You will be sent a reminder notice requiring the account be brought up to date within the next 7 days.  If you are unable to pay the balance in full please contact this office to discuss the matter further.
  •  If the reminder balance is not paid, a Magistrates' Court Summons will be issued. This gives you notice to appear before the Court on a specified date and will incur additional costs of £58 to be paid with your BID levy amount.
  •  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 of £22.

If you receive a summons and are unable to pay the amount in full by the hearing date please contact this office, telephone 01983 823940 or Email BIDS@iow.gov.uk.  We may be able to agree an 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





Percentage Fee

 Complance  £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.