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Payment options

You can pay your rates, building or resource consent, licensing, dog registration fees and other invoices from Council in several convenient ways.

  • Online payment
  • Internet banking
  • In person by cash or EFTPOS
  • Credit card
  • Direct debit (rates and other payments by arrangement

You can pay your rates, building or resource consent, licensing, dog registration fees and other invoices conveniently through our secure online payment portal.

Council charges a surcharge of 1.90% per transaction for this service. There is no minimum service fee.

You can pay Council by internet banking including the payment details referencing what you are paying.

Account Name: Buller District Council
Bank: Westpac
Branch: Westport
Account Number: 03-0897-0084770-00

Payment details

When paying by internet banking, please ensure that you put the correct reference details on the payment so that we can assign the payment to the correct place.

Customers often have their rates set up as a regular payment. If the particulars and reference are not changed when making your payment for something else, the fees can be misdirected to your rates account.

The table below shows you the type of payment and the reference required.

Payment

Particulars

Code

Reference

Rates

Rates

Valuation number

Surname

Consents - Deposit only

Applicant name: Surname then initials

Deposit

Customer No or Invoice No or Site Address

Consents - Invoiced on issue of consent

Applicant name: Surname then initials

BC or RC

Customer No. or Invoice No.

All other consent related invoices

Applicant name: Surname then initials

BC or RC

Customer No. or Invoice No.

All Alcohol and Health licensing fees including manager's certificate

Licence Type: On Licence, Food Premises etc

Premises name (if premises) / Surname

Customer No. or Invoice No.

Dog Registration

Name: Surname then initials

Dogs

Owner No. or Address

Other invoices

Name: Surname then initials

Debtor Number

Invoice Number

All alcohol licensing applications must be accompanied by the prescribed fee.

All building and resource consent applications must be accompanied by a deposit.

If you post or email applications in and pay by internet banking, your application will not be processed until payment is received.

Cash and EFTPOS payments can be made in person at either our Westport or Reefton offices.

You can use your credit card for most transactions at the Westport or Reefton offices either in person, or over the phone.

Credit card transactions cannot be used for deposits or any other payments unless a customer number has been created.

For all credit card payments you must be able to quote your customer number.

Council charges for credit card transactions 1.4% bank fee for payments received over the counter and 1.8% bank fee for payments received over the phone.

You can set up a direct debit so Council can withdraw the money from your bank account on a regular basis.

  • Annual payments are processed on the 28 August.
  • Quarterly payments will be debited from your account on the due date of the instalment.
  • Weekly and fortnightly payments are processed on Thursdays.
  • Monthly payments are processed on the 20th of the month.

Setting up a direct debit takes the hassle out of paying your rates, ensures your rates are paid on time and you will avoid any penalties. If you chose this option we will keep sending you a rates invoice for each instalment.

To set up a direct debit, please complete the Direct Debit Application Form and return it to Council.

If you receive your rates invoice by email, you can read information in regards to rates assessment, instalment dates, penalties and alternative payment option (normally on the back of your rates invoice) in our invoice rates information.

For more information what rates are charged in the Buller District read our Rating policy.

If you require any assistance with any of the payment options, please contact our Customer Services team.