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Rates

Buller District Council's rating year is 1 July to 30 June. There are four quarterly instalments covering the periods July to September, October to December, January to March, April to June.

You can do a rates look-up on this website. To search for your property in our rating database you can use your address or your valuation number. 

Enter the street name followed by street number, e.g. Derby 92 using your address. Please do not enter a street type, e.g., road, avenue or lane.

If you use your valuation number, enter the valuation number e.g. 1897008700

For information on buying a property, see: www.settled.govt.nz

Note – while all due care has been taken, Buller District Council does not give any warranty that any information contained is accurate.

You can pay your rates in several convenient ways. Find out more about our payment options.  

Council would like to encourage you to make a payment online. Below is a video how to set up an online payment for your rates.

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.

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. (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.

Council must resolve annually to set and assess the rates described in the 2022-2023 (Rating) Funding Impact Statement.

This resolution must cover all of the rates, definitions and details included in the Funding Impact Statement. The Funding Impact Statement is included in the final and adopted Annual Plan.

Council must also resolve the due dates for rates and metered water, and how penalties will be applied to late payment.

Please check out our rates review proposal.

Setting of rates for the 2021/2022 financial year

Council must resolve annually to set and assess the rates described in the 2022-2023 (Rating) Funding Impact Statement.

This resolution must cover all of the rates, definitions and details included in the Funding Impact Statement. The Funding Impact Statement is included in the final and adopted Annual Plan.

Council must also resolve the due dates for rates and metered water, and how penalties will be applied to late payment.

Below is the Resolution of Council from the meeting held on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

RESOLVED that Council resolve the following:

(A) That the rates listed in the attached Schedule 1 (being those listed in the Funding Impact Statement of the 2021-2022 Annual Plan, as adopted at the Council meeting of 30 June 2021) are set under the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 (“the Act”) on rating units in the district for the financial year commencing 1 July 2021 and ending on 30 June 2022.

(B) That each of the rates for the financial year are set under the following sections of the Act:


1. General Rates

1.1 General (differential) land rate – section 13
1.2 Uniform Annual General Charge – section 15

2. Water Supply Rates

2.1 Targeted water supply rate(s) – section 16 and schedule 3
2.2 Metered water rate – section 19

3. Sewerage Disposal Rates

3.1 Targeted sewage disposal rate(s) – section 16 and schedule 3

4. Waste Management Rates4.1 Targeted waste management rate(s) – section 16 and schedule 3

(C) That all rates will be payable in 4 instalments with the due dates being:

1. Instalment 1 – 28 August 2021
2. Instalment 2 – 28 November 2021
3. Instalment 3 – 28 February 2022
4. Instalment 4 – 28 May 2022

(D) That rates for metered water will be payable by the 20th day of the month following the invoice date, sic:

1. July 2021 invoice – 20 August 2021
2. August 2021 invoice – 20 September 2021
3. September 2021 invoice – 20 October 2021
4. October 2021 invoice – 20 November 2021
5. November 2021 invoice – 20 December 2021
6. December 2021 invoice – 20 January 2022
7. January 2022 invoice – 20 February 2022
8. February 2022 invoice – 20 March 2022
9. March 2022 invoice – 20 April 2022
10. April 2022 invoice – 20 May 2022
11. May 2022 invoice – 20 June 2022
12. June 2022 invoice – 20 July 2022

(E) That all unpaid rates will incur penalties on the penalty dates being:

1. Instalment 1 – 29 August 2021
2. Instalment 2 – 29 November 2021
3. Instalment 3 – 29 February 2022
4. Instalment 4 – 29 May 2022
5. Any year’s rates struct prior to 1 July 2021 – 1 September 2021

(F) That all unpaid balance of metered water rates will incur penalties on the penalty dates being:

1. July 2021 invoice – 21 August 2021
2. August 2021 invoice – 21 September 2021
3. September 2021 invoice – 21 October 2021
4. October 2021 invoice – 21 November 2021
5. November 2021 invoice – 21 December 2021
6. December 2021 invoice – 21 January 2022
7. January 2022 invoice – 21 February 2022
8. February 2022 invoice – 21 March 2022
9. March 2022 invoice – 21 April 2022
10. April 2022 invoice – 21 May 2022
11. May 2022 invoice – 21 June 2022
12. June 2022 invoice – 21 July 2022

(G) That Council apply the following penalties in terms of Sections 57 and 58 of the Act:

1. On the penalty date a ten percent (10%) charge to be added to the balance of rates (excluding metered water rates) left owing of the instalment due on that date.

2. A charge of five percent (5%) be added on 1 September 2021 to any blanace owing from any year’s rates struck prior to 1 July 2021.

3. On the 21st day of each month, a charge of ten percent (10%) to be added to any balance of the metered water rates owing from that total amount invoiced in the previous month (as set out in Section (D) above).

(H) That rates shall be payable at Council’s main office, Brougham Street, Westport (open 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday), or the Service Centre at 66 Broadway, Reefton (open 9am-4:40pm, Monday to Friday), or by using online banking, or through direct credit, direct debit or credit card.

Mayor Jamie Cleine / Cr John Bougen
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CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY