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Rate remissions

Gisborne District Council has policies which in specific cases may reduce or remit all or part of your rates. Read our policies for rating remissions and postponement. The full criteria is explained in our 2018-2028 Long Term Plan.

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Rates remissions

Due to Covid-19 there's a range of rate remissions that can help if you're experiencing financial difficulties.
Contact us if you would like a payment plan, or to defer your rates payments for up to 6 months.

These are the rates remissions:

  • Extreme financial circumstances / hardship: We’ll consider remitting or postponing rates in some conditions of severe hardship.
  • General land in exceptional circumstances: Provides for remission or postponement of rates where an event has occurred which makes the collection of rates impractical, impossible or unreasonable. In certain situations, payment difficulties arising from the Covid-19 pandemic may apply.
  • Rates, water rates and penalties: Remission of rates, water rates and penalties will be considered where payment has been late due to circumstances outside the ratepayer’s control, significant family disruption, new ownership or when an agreed payment arrangement is made.
  • Remission of rates Maori Freehold land (general):This remission will be considered to recover future rate payments. It's to enable rates/penalties to be partially or fully written off when there is virtually no practical way of recovering past outstanding debt.

Applications for remission must be made on the correct remission form below.

Where a property contains several dwellings including units, flats, apartments or self-contained sleeping accommodation, you can apply for a remission of the UAGC charge and/or pan charges, water rates or refuse collection rates.

The remission will apply where:

  • there are multiple dwellings recorded but they are not used as dwellings
  • where multiple dwellings are used by dependent or non-paying family members or caregivers
  • in certain instances accommodation on the same property as a business where the dwelling is essential to the running of the business, such as motels.

To apply you must sign a statutory declaration. The remission can be approved for up to 3 years.

If you own a rural property with several dwellings on you pay a UAGC for every dwelling.

You can apply for a remission of the UAGC charge on dwellings where:

  • there are multiple dwellings recorded but they are not used as dwellings
  • where multiple dwellings are used by dependant family members or caregivers
  • dwellings are uninhabitable
  • dwellings are vacant for at least 3 months and generate no income
  • an employee is required to live in the dwelling because it is essential to the running of the business.

To apply you must sign a statutory declaration. The remission can be approved for up to 3 years.

This policy applies to land occupied by a not-for-profit organisation, which is used mainly used for sporting, recreation or community purposes.

The policy does not apply to organisations operated for private pecuniary profit, or which charge fees of any kind (membership subscriptions are not regarded as fees).

The purpose of granting rates remission to an organisation is to:

  • assist the organisation's survival and make membership of the organisation more accessible to the general public, particularly disadvantaged groups.  These include children, youth, young families, aged people and economically disadvantaged people.

This remission applies if we don't allow you to build on your property. To provide rates relief on residential and lifestyle sections that may not be built upon.

A ratepayer who owns multiple properties in the Gisborne district may apply for all or part of the UAGC (Uniform Annual General Charges) on properties with a capital value of less than $6,001.

We will grant rating remissions for land that has a natural heritage covenant in place.

All horticultural blocks, no matter where they are located in the district, are automatically eligible for a partial rates remission if the value of the permanent crops is included in the valuation of the rating unit.

To provide relief where some event has occurred which makes the collection of rates impractical, impossible or unreasonable.

This remission may apply where land has become unusable because of severe erosion, land formation changes such as slips or where ownership has become indeterminate (such as when a club becomes defunct).

Remission of rates, water rates and penalties will be considered where payment has been late due to circumstances outside the ratepayer’s control, significant family disruption, new ownership or when an agreed payment arrangement is made.

Penalties will not to be charged if the ratepayer agrees to pay the full amount of rates owing by regular weekly/fortnightly/monthly/quarterly payments, by the end of the current rating year and keeps to the agreement.

In certain circumstances we will consider the remission of UAGC on nearby pastoral properties used for a common purpose.

This remissions applies where:

  • coastal land has a valuation in excess of its economic use (eg. the land is valued based on its coastal value, but is used for grazing purposes) you can apply to have the land revalued.
  • Multiple properties are farmed together but each property is valued as it if could have a house on it. You can apply to have the land valued as it it were one large farm.

We'll consider remitting or postponing rates in certain conditions of severe hardship.

However, even if rates are postponed, as a general rule you will be required to pay the first $500 of the rates account.

Remission for metered water will be considered where water usage is high due to a water leak or damage to a property's internal water reticulation system.

Remission will be considered for new and existing businesses where they promote employment and economic development in the district.

The criteria to determine eligibility for application to the Whenua Rahui Register are:

  • the land listed on the application must be Māori land or Māori freehold land as defined in the Te Ture Whenua Maori Land Act 1993.
  • The land must be 'unoccupied' by any persons - this means there are no dwellings or any other use made of the land.
  • The land must be of historical, ancestral or cultural significance. If the land has been purchased instead of being inherited then it must be purchased for its ancestral or cultural significance and not as a saleable asset.

Burden of proof of eligibility is on the owner(s) of the property.

This policy applies to Māori freehold land which is not eligible for the Whenua Rahui Policy and collection of rates debt has become impractical or uneconomic to collect.

Application forms

If you're not sure which form to fill in, please contact us.