Separately used or inhabited part of a rating unit (SUIP)

A SUIP is every rating unit and, without limitation, every additional dwelling, commercial or community activity. This includes:

a ) any part or parts of a rating unit that is used or occupied by the ratepayer for more than one single use.
b)  any parts, whether or not actually occupied at any particular time, which are used for rental (or other form of occupation) on an occasional or long-term basis.
c)  vacant land and vacant premises offered or intended for use or habitation and usually used as such are defined as 'used'.

For the purposes of clarity, every rating unit has a minimum of one SUIP. 

As part of this definition, the list below sets out the Council's intent in the application of SUIPs to rating units that are used as for residential purposes:

  • The second and each additional SUIP must have a separate bathroom, bedroom or living area and separate sink.
  • Any part of a rating unit as described above (a-c) and is inhabited by virtue of a tenancy, lease, license or other agreement on an occasional or long-term basis.
  • Single dwelling with flat attached.
  • Two or more houses, flats or apartments on one rating unit.
  • Ancillary flat or detached dwellings (as defined in the Hamilton District Plan)
  • Individually surveyed lots of vacant land on one Certificate of Title offered for sale separately or in groups
  • Residential accommodation rented individually per room. For a residential property to be classified as having additional SUIPs, each part must have a separate bathroom, bedroom or living area and separate sink.

As part of this definition, the list below sets out​ the Council's intent in the application of SUIPs to rating units that are used for commercial activities:

  • A commercial activity is any activity involving the exchange of goods or services for reward (whether for profit or not).
  • Any part of a rating unit as described above (a-c) and is being inhabited by virtue of a tenancy, lease, license or other agreement on an occasional or long-term basis.
  • Commercial building where there are clearly defined vacant parts, advertised for lease or tenancy.
  • Business premise with separate permitted residential activity.
  • Home based business (as defined in the Hamilton District Plan)
  • Each use within a single rating unit that involves a different activity conducted by a person, company, or organisation different to the ratepayer (i.e. a large store which has a café operating within it, where the café is a separate business entity)  
  • Commercial building leased, or sub-leased, to multiple tenants.
  • A separate dwelling used for short-term accommodation.
  • Commercial accommodation provided on a single rating unit for short-term stays (where average occupancy is limited as prescribed within Councils District Plan) will be one Separately Used or Inhabited Part.

In addition to the primary use, the list below defines the Council's intent in the application of SUIPs to rating units that are used as community activities:

  • A community activity is any activity operated by an organisation (including clubs and societies).
  • Any activity that meets the definition of Schedule 1 of the Local Government Rating Act 2002.
Page reviewed: 09 Jul 2018 10:04am