The rates are struck in accordance with the details that appear on the Council’s valuation database. If a ratepayer notes that some detail on his/her assessment or invoice is incorrect, then contact with Council should be made immediately to correct the record.
The Council’s database is available for inspection at the Sue Thomson Casey Memorial Library (89 Palmerston Street, Westport) or to search on-line using the link below.
Note – while all due care has been taken, Buller District Council does not give any warranty that any information contained is accurate.
How do I search for an address?
Enter the street number.streetname, e.g. 92.Derby – note, you should put a . (i.e. dot) between the street number and street name. DO NOT enter a street type, e.g., road, avenue or lane.
Searching valuation number?
Enter the valuation number e.g. 1897008700
To view the online rating database click here.
Council’s general rates are based on the land valuation of the property plus a Uniform Annual General Charge (if applicable). Further charges are made for various services (water supply, sewage disposal, refuse collection, recycling and waste management) depending on the situation of the individual property.
The Instalment System
Council’s rating year is 1 July to 30 June. There are four quarterly instalments covering the periods July – September, October – December, January – March, April – June.
The invoices for each respective quarter are forwarded to the ratepayer on or about 1 August, 1 November, 1 February and 1 May. An assessment for the annual rates is included with the first instalment invoice only.
If a ratepayer has not received an invoice within seven (7) days of these dates, then contact with Council should be made immediately to ascertain the reason. (It should be noted that the most common cause for this occurrence is that Council has not received a sale notice from the previous owner.)
The last day for payment of the quarters are 28 August, 28 November, 28 February and 28 May (or the first working day following these dates if any fall on a non-working day) – any amount not paid by the due dates shown will incur a penalty of 10% of the balance.
How to Pay
Rates may be paid at either the Westport Office or the Reefton Service Centre by cash, cheque and Eftpos including the use of a credit card. Any post-dated cheque will not be receipted and banked until the date given.
There are also the options of internet banking, telephone banking, direct debit or automatic payment. The valuation number of the property should always be used as the reference when using these options. If you wish to set the Council up for internet or telephone banking our bank account details are as follows:
Buller District Council
To obtain a direct debit or automatic payment form, download one of the pdf below.
The direct debit system leaves the inconvenience of payment to the Council who will action the transfer of the due amount at the appointed date according to the choice of the ratepayer weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or annually. The amount for each direct debit is determined by the frequency of the payments and how long it is until the end of the financial year (30 June). If for instance, you set up a monthly DD to start in December, then the calculation will be the amount to clear to the end of June divided by the number of months left in the year (ie in the example that would be 7).
Weekly and fortnightly DDs occur on the Thursday of any week, depending on when you stipulate the start date, the monthly DD occurs on 20th of each month, the quarterly DD occurs on the last day for payment on each instalment, while the annual payment is made on the first instalment due date (28 August).
If any of these fall on a non-working day, then the direct debit will be actioned on the next working day.
To access the direct debit information down-load the application pack pdf below.
The automatic payment is controlled by the ratepayer who lodges the completed form with his/her bank. Payments are then made in accordance with the ratepayer’s instructions (weekly, fortnight, monthly etc). To obtain an automatic payment form, download the pdf below.
However, it should be noted that the ratepayer him/herself must make any alteration to the payment if the rates increase or decrease which is usually annually.