Methods of Payment
Rates Instalment Due Dates
Rates Rebates
Property / Map Info

Council's main source of revenue is rates.  These are levied under the Rating Powers Act and provide Council with the necessary funding to deliver all the services provided in our Annual Plan.
Easy ways to pay your rates
Direct Debiting - This is an easy way to pay your rates if you have a bank account. The advantages are:
  • You can pay either monthly or quarterly, weekly or fortnights  
  • The amount of the instalment will be debited to your bank account on a Wednesday night for weekly and fotnightly payments, the 20th of each month or the nearest working day following the 20th, or the last day for payment
  • You will receive a rates notice for each instalment
  • You do not have to remember the penalty date
  • Unlike the automatic payments, there is no need to change your direct debit each year
Should you decide this is the option that best suits you please contact Pauline or Bronwyn on 03 419 0208 and we will send you the appropriate forms, or alternatively download and complete the form below and return it to Clutha District Council, PO Box 25, Balclutha 9240.
Adobe Acrobat DocumentDirect Debit Authority Form (PDF, 1MB, opens new window)
Telephone banking and Internet payment systems - Most banks operate telephone and Internet payment systems which you may use to pay your rates. They already hold our bank account numbers to enable easy set up for users. It is important that if you own more than one property to set up electronic payments for each of these accounts. (You will need to alter your billing details if you sell your property and purchase another).

Please remember to use the correct particulars when using Internet banking for different payments to Council such as rates or dog registration fees. For example:


Particulars: Your account number. For a debtor payment put 'DR' in front of the number. For a rate payment put 'RA' in front of the number.

Code: What you are paying for. Eg. 'Rates'  'Dogs' 'Debtors' 'Building Consent' etc.

Reference: The name on the account you are paying.


This will make it easier for us to know what exactly it is you are making payment for.


Also, please note that if you own multiple properties, it is essential that a separate payment is set up for each property, as above. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Other methods - Please refer to the back of your rates notice for other payment options such as automatic payments, cash or EFTPOS.
Please Note: Credit card payments are not accepted by this Council

Rates installments

Rates are payable by four quarterly instalments during the financial year which runs from July to June.

The payment dates for the 2015/16 year are shown below.

  Due Date
Instalment 1 Friday, 28 August 2015
Instalment 2 Friday, 27 November 2015
Instalment 3 Friday, 26 February 2016
Instalment 4 Friday, 27 May 2016

Any solicitors with rating enquiries should fax Council on 03 418 3185 or email help.desk@cluthadc.govt.nz

Members of the public wanting more information on any rating matters, please call us on 03 419 0200 or 0800 801 350 during business hours.

Rates Rebates

What is a rates rebate?

The Rates Rebate Scheme was established by the government to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates. Local councils administer the scheme and are reimbursed by the government for all rate rebates.


Do you qualify for a rates rebate?


To be eligible for a rates rebate for the 2015/16 rating year:  

  • You must be the legal ratepayer for the property that was your home on 1 July 2015

  • You must pay rates for the home in which you live

  • You must be an individual, i.e. not a family trust

  • It must not principally be used for commercial, industrial, business or farming purposes.  

The amount of any rates rebate is based on three factors:  

  • The amount of your annual rates levy

  • The total income received by you and your partner

  • The number of dependants residing on the property.  

In most cases the income threshold for the maximum rates rebate of $610 will be $24,440, although the income threshold increases for each dependant in the household.  

If you provide these three details to Council by telephone or over the counter at one of our offices, we can estimate your eligibility for a rates rebate, and if so, how much you would be entitled to.  


You can also use the calculator on the rates rebates on the DIA website to determine any entitlement - click here


How and when do I apply?

You can apply for a rates rebate by bringing in to Council:   Application fo

  • Your rates assessment or rates invoice for your residential property showing you as the legal ratepayer

  • Information about your total income before tax for the year ended 31 March 2015 including interest/dividends and Work and Income benefits

  • Details of your partner's/joint homeowner's income if he/she lives with you.

You can apply for a rates rebate at any time during the rating year. The closing date for applications is 30 June 2016.


Where can I get a rates rebate application form?

Rates rebate application forms are available from Council offices or from the rates rebates website at www.dia.govt.nz/Services-Rates-Rebate-Scheme-Index or you can ask us to post one out to you. If you received a rates rebate for the last rating year, you will automatically be sent a rates rebate application form again this year. You can expect to receive this in early August.  

You can bring your completed form in to our office, or we can help you complete the form if you prefer. Please remember that your signature must be witnessed, either by a Council staff member or another qualified person as listed on the application form.



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