Buller District Council

Media Release – Change to rates rebate application process

23rd April, 2020

Usually rates rebate application forms must be signed and witnessed because they are a statutory declaration stating the information included on the form is full and correct.

Under COVID-19 Level 4 and 3 Council cannot witness ratepayers signing the application form in person. As a result, there has been a change to enable rates rebates statutory declarations to be made by audio-visual link or telephone.

Rates rebate applications need to be submitted before 30 June 2020 by ratepayers who wish to receive up to $640 off their 2019-2020 rates account. This year’s rebate is based on the combined household income for the year ended 31 March 2019. Ratepayers who want to complete a rates rebate form can call Council on 03 788 9608, or 0800 807 239, or text 027 414 0699, or email rates@bdc.govt.nz. Council will help applicants complete the rebate application before the deadline.

Many ratepayers may be eligible for the rebate. The level of rate rebate reduces as income levels rise. Sometimes family circumstances such as the number of dependents can mean a ratepayer is entitled to claim this rebate. Rebates are paid for by central government so this means claiming a rebate does not cost Council.

It is recommended all ratepayers check to see if they are entitled to a rebate at:


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