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Remission of certain targeted rates

Remission of certain targeted rates.

Only the person entered as the ratepayer, or their authorised agent, may make an application for rates remission. We will consider, on a case by case basis, all applications received that meet the criteria described in these pages.

Any approved remission will apply from the beginning of the next rating year.

The application forms for rates remission are available from customer service agencies. Applications for remission of penalties can be made over the phone.

Maori freehold land

We have no specific policy for the remission of rates on Maori freehold land. There may be other applicable Council rates remission policies. For more information, contact us.

Natural calamity

If the use of your rating unit has been detrimentally affected by erosion, subsidence, submersion or other natural calamity, and the Government funds that rates relief, we may be able to provide rates relief.

Conditions and criteria

Ratepayers who meet the criteria under this policy may qualify for a remission of up to 100% of their Rates for the period for which the rating unit is uninhabitable or the use is detrimentally affected. The remission will apply only to each single event and to the rating unit affected by such an event. You must meet all four of these conditions:

  • Where the Government has established a reimbursement scheme for rates remitted for such properties.
  • Applications for this remission must be in writing describing the nature of the calamity and the steps being taken to return the rating unit to a usable state and providing an estimate of the time the rating unit is expected to be affected. Council may require other records, such as Insurance claims, as part of the remission approval process.
  • All applications must be made within three months of the event.
  • We can set additional criteria for each event, as criteria may change depending on the nature and severity of the event and available funding at the time.

Single entities

The objective is to provide for rates relief from certain targeted rates on Farmland and Non-residential properties where the ratepayer occupies and uses the adjoining land as one unit. There are no consequential amendments to the Community Plan.

Conditions and criteria

Rating units that meet the criteria under this policy may qualify for a remission of any targeted rate set on the basis of a fixed dollar charge per rating unit or separately used or inhabited part. The ratepayer will remain liable for at least one set of each type of charge. The granting of this Remission is subject to all of the following five conditions:

  • All Rating Units must be occupied by the same ratepayer.
  • All Rating Units must be used by the ratepayer as a single entity.
  • All Rating Units must be contiguous or separated only by road, railway, drain, water race, river or stream.
  • The number of Community Services Targeted rates is limited to the number of inhabited dwellings on each rating unit.
  • The occupier is unable to negotiate a lease compliant with the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002.

We will consider, on a case-by-case basis, all applications received that meet the criteria described in the paragraphs above.

Amount of remission

If your remission is approved, you will only be charged one set of targeted rates each rating year. An approved remission will apply from no later than the beginning of the next rating year commencing 1 July from which the application is made until you no longer meet the five criteria above.

Targeted rates on rural land

The objective of this policy is to provide for relief from certain targeted rates for rural land that is non-contiguous, farmed as a single entity and owned by the same ratepayer.

Conditions and criteria

Rating units that meet the criteria under this policy may qualify for a remission of any targeted rate set on the basis of a fixed dollar charge per rating unit. You will remain liable for at least one set of each type of charge.

The same ratepayer must own the rating units and only one of the units may have any residential dwelling situated on the rating unit.

If you own rating units that meet this criteria, and where any of the rating units lies within the district of an adjoining Local Authority which applies their sets of uniform annual charges to the rating units in the District, we may waive the uniform annual charges on those rating units.

Amount of remission

If a remission is approved, you will only be charged one set of certain targeted rates.

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