The Council's draft 2018-28 10-Year Plan includes proposed changes to the way in which rates are set.

You can read more about the 10-Year Plan here​.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Rates are a charge against a property (rating unit) and set by your local and regional councils.

Rates are based on the use of the property, such as residential, commercial or rural. The Council uses the capital value to calculate both the general rate and a small number of targeted rates, in addition to the land value-based transitional targeted rate. 

The first 2017/18 rates invoices will mailed from mid-July to early August. 

Have your rates invoices emailed to you — c​lick here to see how.​ ​​

2017/2018 Rates

​Ra​tes information for the 2017/2018 financial year is now online. View detailed rates information from the 2017/18 Annual Plan.

There are a number of factors that influence the amount​ of rates that you'll pay.

  • ​​The use of your property​.

​Council operate rating categories (differentials) based on the use of the property.  Different categories (for example residential, commercial, CBD commercial and Rural) will incur different rates. ​​

  • The valuation of your property.

City-wide property revaluations were carried out in 2015. These values are used for setting the rates for the following three years. Changes to valuations as a result of building consents, sub-division or change of use may also impact your rates from the following year. 

  • 2017/18 is the third year of the transition of the general rate from a land value basis to capital value basis. 

Seventy per cent will be set on land value as a targeted rate, with 30 per cent moving to capital value as a general rate.  What this means is if your property has a high proportion of its value in buildings, then this may result in your rates increasing.

  • ​The Council has approved a 3.8 per cent increase to the total rates budget from the previous year. 

​Rates r​ebates​

Rates rebates are available for residential property owners who live in their property from 1 July, and require assistance in paying their rates. There are qualifying criteria for the rebate, including a maximum total gross household income for the most recent completed tax year. Click here​ for further information regarding rates rebates.

​When are your rates due?

Rates are invoiced in four instalments for the financial year that ​begins 1 July and ends 30 June.
To avoid penalties you must pay your rates in full by the due date.  Your invoice will be posted or emailed around four to five weeks before it is due.   The city is divided into different areas, as below.

​Rates instalment due dates for the 2017/18 rating year

​Area ​Date
1.  East​ (North and South)
This represents all properties on the east side of the river.
24 August 2017
16 November 2017
22 February 2018
17 May 2018
2.  West (North and South)
This represents all properties on the west side of the river.
7 September 2017
30 November 2017
8 March 2018
31 May 2018


Page reviewed: 03 Apr 2018 12:23pm