Yes, either email the rates team, call us on 07 838 6688 or alternatively a rebate application form can be downloaded from the Department of Internal Affairs website.
The Department of Internal Affairs website provides further explanation around the rates rebate scheme.
Although the rebate only gets applied to your Hamilton City Council rates, the calculation takes into account both your Hamilton City and Waikato Regional Council rates.
Your application must be witnessed by an authorised person, as outlined on the back of the form and provided to Hamilton City Council to check and process.
Due to the high number of enquiries, rates rebates are dealt with via appointments during the initial stages of the rating year (July to November). Council rebate staff will also be available at some other locations such as libraries and other Council facilities at specified times. From November to the end of June, appointments are not required.
In those cases we can provide a home visit. These are generally carried out around November. Please contact the Customer Services Team on 07 838 6688 to register each year.
If possible, please pay the full amount of the instalment in order to avoid any penalty charges. If this is not possible, please contact our Customer Services Team on 07 838 6688 to discuss further.
No, the purpose of the rates rebate is to assist you with your rates throughout the rating year. A rates rebate reduces each of your four instalments by equal amounts. It may be possible to apply for a refund if your rates go into credit over and above the rating year.
For further detailed information including questions about income and eligibility, please refer to the Department of Internal Affairs common questions and answers.