Business Improvement District (BID) levy

If you are a business in a BID area you will be asked to pay a small levy on top of your business rates. This is then used to fund projects which benefit local businesses. A Business Improvement District can charge this levy for up to five years.

Paying your BID levy

Your Bid levy is payable in one annual instalment.

Pay online

Please ensure you have your Bid Levy account number (as shown on your invoice) to quote

You can also pay your Bid Account in a number of other ways

Debit/credit card by telephone

BACs/Internet banking

Debit/credit card by telephone

Payment can be made using your debit or credit card. Please call 01799 510510 to make a payment. Please ensure you have your BID levy account number as shown on your bill ready to quote.

BACs/internet banking

Please use the following Uttlesford District Council bank details:

  • Sort Code: 20-74-21
  • Bank account number: 30999520

What does the BID do?

The Saffron Walden Town BID will seek to:

  • Attract - promoting the town
  • Engage - creating opportunities for a great experience
  • Thrive - growing a thriving business community

The Uttlesford District Council sundry debt team administer and collect the bid payments on behalf of the partnership.

Visit the Saffron Walden BID website

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

Recovery action

The bid invoice 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. We want to help BID levy payers understand the process by which arrears will be recovered and to offer practical advice on what to do at each stage of the recovery process.

Payment of the BID levy is a legally enforceable debt and the council has numerous powers to recover any amounts that are not paid.

You have previously been issued with an invoice which detailed the amount to be paid and the dates on which payment was due. You have been sent a reminder because insufficient payments have been received on your Bid levy account.

The reminder notice details the amount by which your account is in arrears. In order to avoid any further proceedings the arrears should be paid in full within 7 days of the date of the reminder notice. It is important to ensure that all future payments are made on time to avoid further reminder notices being issued to you.

If you are unable to pay the amount in full as requested on the reminder notice please contact the taxation team immediately. We may be able to agree an alternative arrangement. All reasonable payment proposals will be considered.

If, after receiving a first reminder notice, your instalments once again fall into arrears, you will be sent a second reminder notice. This will be the last reminder that you receive during the financial year.

If you do not make full payment of the arrears within 7 days of the date of issue of the reminder notice, or contact the sundry debt team to discuss alternative arrangements, you will lose the right to pay the remainder of the balance on your account by monthly instalments. This means that the total balance shown on your reminder notice will be due within a further 7 days. If the balance is not paid in full as requested a magistrates court summons will be issued.

To stop this court action you should pay the amount shown on your summons in full, including the costs, before the court date.

The magistrates' court summons which has been sent to you details the balance on your account including the court fees that have been incurred. The notice also details the date on which the council will apply to the magistrates court for a liability order.

To stop this court action you should pay the amount shown on your summons in full, including the costs, before the court date.

If you can't pay the full amount before the court date, please get in touch with us straight away. We may be able to agree a special arrangement with you to spread your payments. This will not stop the court action and will include the court costs. As the matter is dealt with by the magistrates' court no county court judgements will be made and your credit rating will not change as a result of this action.

You have the choice of whether to attend the liability order hearing or not. The hearing will go ahead in your absence unless you have already paid your Bid account in full. If you choose to attend the hearing the magistrate will ask if you have a valid defence which will stop a liability order being granted. The defences that the magistrates will take into account before deciding to grant a liability order are shown below:

  • you have paid your bid levy account and costs in full
  • you cannot be held responsible for the premises
  • bankruptcy / liquidation proceedings have begun
  • the application for the liability order was made more than 6 years after the first invoice notice was issued

If you feel any of the above defences applies to you please contact the sundry debt team immediately in order that your account can be discussed in detail. Any necessary changes will be made as a result of the information you supply.

If you make an arrangement with us to pay the amount you owe and you pay as agreed, no further action will be taken against you. If however you fail to pay the account in full, make alternative arrangements or fail to pay in line with an agreed arrangement, further action will be taken. We can;

  • refer your account to enforcement agents who will visit your premises in order to remove your goods to cover the amount you owe

Alternative payment arrangements can be discussed at any time. You do not have to wait until you are issued with a reminder notice or magistrates’ court summons.

If you are experiencing problems paying your BID levy please contact the taxation team immediately. All reasonable proposals will be considered, although we may need additional information regarding your financial situation before any arrangement is considered.

You are not legally obliged to provide this information but it will assist in calculating how much you can afford to pay.

Arrangements can be discussed with the sundry debt team on 01799 510510 .


You should be aware that once a summons has been issued and liability order obtained, and your account is then passed to an enforcement agent for further action, additional costs will be added to your account. It is therefore in your interests to make contact as early as possible:


Stage: Application for a Liability Order (Magistrates Court)
Fee: £65.00 per Summons Notice plus £25.00 at Court Hearing


Stage: Notice of enforcement (Debt issued to enforcement agency)
Fee: £75.00 compliance fee


Stage: First visit by an enforcement agent
Fee: Fixed fee of £235.00 for balances owed up to £1,500.00
Percentage fee: 7.5% of any balance owed over £1,500.00


Stage: Sale and removal of goods
Fee: Fixed fee of £110.00
Percentage fee: 7.5% of any balance owed over £1,500.00 plus reasonable storage and auctioneers fees