Understanding your Rating Valuation
Value of Improvements
Rating Valuations with regards to Building Consents
Rating Valuations with regards to Subdivisions
When a property is subdivided, each of the newly created properties will be valued once titles are issued and valuation notices sent to owners as shown on the rating information database.
Subdivisions made during the year are not rated as separate properties until the commencement of the new rating year, on 1 July. Consequently, the owner of a property, prior to any subdivision, remains liable for the full year’s rates until the new subdivision is assessed for rates.
Changing home ownership
I am looking to purchase a property, how do I find out information about the property?
It is recommended when purchasing a property to request a LIM report. Basic rates information is available to view on the rating information database or via our website.
If you receive an assessment in your name after you've sold the property, it may mean the Council has not received notification. It is a requirement that the Council is advised within one month of when a change of ownership occurs. Please advise your solicitor to issue the appropriate notification as soon as possible and return the assessment to the Council.
If you have been paying your rates by direct debit, the transfer will be cancelled automatically when the Council receives a notification.
Rates penalties and penalty remission
As per sections 57 and 58 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, those instalments which remain unpaid after their quarterly due date will incur a penalty of 10% of the instalment balance remaining.
When are penalties charged?
How long have I got to complete the application?
You can apply any time during the current rating year, the last day been 30 June. You need to apply each year.
Can I apply for last year?
Can I have a rebate application posted to me?
Can I have more information about the rates rebates?
Do I qualify for a rates rebate?
Do I get a rebate off my Waikato Regional Council rates?
Although the rebate gets applied only to your Hamilton City Council Rates, it is calculated taking into account both your Hamilton City and Waikato Regional Council rates.
What do I do once I complete the application form?
Can I just turn up at the Council and have my application dealt with?
Due to the high number of enquiries, rates rebates are dealt with via appointments during the initial stages of the rating year (1 July to November). Council rebate staff will also be available at some other locations such as libraries and other Council facilities at specified times. As from December each year to the end of June, appointments will not be required.
What if am unable to make it into an appointment due to a medical condition?
My instalment is due before my rebate appointment, what do I need to pay?
You will need to pay the full amount of the instalment in order to avoid any penalty charges.
Do I get the rebate paid into my bank account?
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 4 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.
If you have paid your account in advance (over and above the current instalment period) you may request a refund of the overpaid rates. Refund enquiries should be directed to the Rates Team on 07 838 6688 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or post to the address at the bottom of this page. Requests for refunds must be made in writing from the property owner/s.
Direct credit payments can take five to 10 working days to process. The Council no longer offers cheque refunds. You may be required to provide identification on request, and any refund will generally be made into the same bank account from which your payments have been made from.
The Council reserves the right to decline a refund request, or ask for further information to be provided for consideration.