The rating year is from 1st July to 30th June the following year.
There are four equal instalments which are billed quarterly, these instalments cover the following periods in the rating year:
|Instalment number:||Due date:||Penalty added from:|
|Instalment 1||21 August||28 August|
|Instalment 2||21 November||28 November|
|Instalment 3||21 February||28 February|
|Instalment 4||21 May||28 May|
Due dates must be strictly adhered to, as payments received after these dates will incur a 10% penalty.
Remember to allow sufficient postal time for payments as we cannot be held responsible for mail that does not reach us on time.
Rates notices are posted out in the last week of July, October, January and April for each instalment. If you prefer to receive your rates notices by email, let us know by updating your contact details online.
If you pay your rates by direct debit weekly, fortnightly or monthly, you'll only receive your first rates notice in July for the year's rates.
All rates and charges are inclusive of GST, a tax invoice is generated for each instalment. There is no GST on penalties.
Provided payment has been made within 7 days of the penalty date and no other penalties have been incurred in the last 36 months, you will automatically have your penalty remitted.
There is no need to apply for a 'remission of penalty for late payment' in these circumstances.
Applications based on compassionate grounds/extenuating circumstances e.g. death, hospitalisation, sickness etc. can be made on an individual basis (in writing) and do not require the payment to have been made within the 7 days. These applications are approved/declined by the Revenue Supervisor and are done on a case-by-case basis.
If the change is just a spelling mistake, you can complete a form online to update your details.
If you've changed your name by marriage or divorce, the Local Government Rating Act requires you to notify the relevant Local Authority within 1 month of the registration of name change in the land transfer register. The name on your rates notice will only be changed if it has been recorded on the title.
If the change is a business name (e.g. partnership or trust) we must be notified of the change of ownership via a solicitor.
If a ratepayer is deceased and the remaining owner wishes to remove their name, verification from a solicitor is required.
Council administrates Rates Rebates on behalf of the Department of Internal Affairs, who established the rebate to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates.
Application forms are available in both Waipa District Council offices or via the Department of Internal Affairs website.
You'll need to submit with your application:
- Your gross taxable income for the tax year preceding the rating year (this is the amount before tax is taken) e.g. for the rating year starting 1 July 2019, we need the gross taxable income for the prior tax year 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019
- A copy of your Waikato Regional Council rates Invoice.
Valuations are usually carried out every three years, Council contracts Quotable Value to complete this work. The last valuation was done in 2016, the next valuation will be 2019.
Contact Customer Support to check that the mailing address we hold on our database is correct, if changes are required you can update your contact details online or notify us in writing of correct address details by email.
If NZ Post has returned any rates notices, the rates team will hold these until we're able to find a current address.
Contact Customer Support to check that a Notice of Sale has been received to show you are the new owner. If Waipa District Council has not yet received a Notice of Sale, you will need to get in touch with your solicitor to ask that this be provided as we are unable to change the owner details without it.
If we received the Notice of Sale between generating and posting of the rates invoice, we can forward a copy of the updated rates notice to you.
Contact Customer Support to check that the Waipa District Council have received a Notice of Sale. If we haven't you will need to get in touch with your solicitor, as this is a change of ownership we need confirmation via a Notice of Sale via a solicitor.
You can email the rates team to resolve this.
I have recently subdivided my property, why have I received the rates account for the entire property?
All properties that were subdivided and Council received the new title information prior to 30th June 2019, have been rated accordingly from 1 July following the issue of title.
For subdivisions outside of this period, you can email the rates team to resolve this.
Under new legislation, a separate title is deemed to be a separate rating unit. However, properties can be deemed to be contiguous if ratepayers meet the following criteria:
- The properties are owned by the same person/persons AND
- Used jointly as a single property AND
- Separated only by road, railway, drain, water race, river or stream.
In most rural cases where there is more than one title, they haven't been separated as it is obvious that the property is one farm and used as that.
Two urban properties that each have a dwelling cannot be deemed to be contiguous.
UAGC's will be applicable on all adjoining properties, however if the adjoining property is vacant a remission of the UAGC will be applied.
The Rating Information Database (RID) is available online and in both Te Awamutu and Cambridge offices. You can search using an address, a property ID or a legal description.
Please note, property owners details are not provided.
You can also apply for a Land Information Memorandum (LIM), please note that a fee will apply.
Setting up an EasyPay Direct Debit allows rates, debtor accounts and water accounts to be paid by Direct Debit, where payments can be automatically deducted from your bank account. More than 50% of our customers use this service.
This option allows you to save time, reduces hassle with postage, payments are made to suit you and there are no worries about penalty charges. Please note that you'll need to contact us at least 24 hours in advance to cancel or suspend the authority when you are paying current rates.
Contact our Rates team to discuss the best options for you.
Sure! Contact our Customer Support team via the Contact Us page or phone 0800 WAIPADC (924 723)