Rates Rebate


What is a rates rebate?

A rates rebate is a partial refund for people who pay rates to the Council.


Residential ratepayers on low incomes may be eligible for a rates rebate

The government may pay up to $640 of your combined district/city/regional council rates, in 2019-20, under the rebate scheme. This depends on a combination of:

  • Your income
  • The rates you are charged
  • The number of dependants you have.

If you meet the criteria below you may qualify for the rebate. All information is required to be completed on the application form including your district or city council rates and taken into your local council office for processing. Incomplete applications will be returned. The rate rebate is credited to your rate account.

Application form


Am I eligible?

The rebate is calculated on income, dependants (if any) and the amount your combined rates are.

  • Your name is on the Rating Information database; and
  • You pay the rates on the address that you live at, and
  • You were living there on 1 July that year.

You may still be able to qualify if your total gross income (including partner/joint homeowner living with you) exceeds the threshold amount of $25,660 depending on the rates you pay and number of dependants.

You can only claim the rates rebate once a year and you must apply by 30 June each year.


Supporting evidence required by self-employed applicants

You’ll need to provide a copy of your complete set of financial accounts, IR3B or IR10.


Do I declare Working for Family tax credits?

Declare it? Type of tax credit
No Family tax credits
Yes In-work tax credits
Yes Minimum Family tax credits
Yes Parental tax credits

Call Inland Revenue on 0800 227 773 for a breakdown of these payments.


If you live in a retirement village

From 2018, retirement village residents can apply if you do not own your unit, e.g. you hold a licence to occupy agreement.

A declaration form is required to be filled in by the retirement village operator. Get in touch with them and attach the completed form to your rates application form.

Don’t forget to include confirmation of your bank account details as your rebate will be paid directly into you bank account rather than credited to your rate account.


Rates rebate calculator

To see if you are eligible for a rebate, use the Rates Rebate Entitlement Calculator. Until all details are provided, this provides only an estimate.


Where do I go to have my application processed?

Your signature must be witnessed as outlined on the rates rebate form. We unfortunately cannot process your application. Please take your unsigned application form into your local district or city council and they can witness this for you. They have the capability to process your application on behalf of New Zealand Government.

Check out their details here:

Dunedin City Council

Queenstown Lakes District Council

Central Otago District Council

Waitaki District Council

Clutha District Council

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