Paying Rates & Other CODC Payments
Note: We recommend the hassle-free option of payment by direct debit (option 4 below) as the Council takes responsibility for calculating the amount to pay, and takes care of any changes that need to be made.
Single annual payment
The option to pay annual rates in one payment instead of by instalments is available. Under this option you must pay the full year's rates by 20 August to receive a 2.5% discount.
You can pay rates by:
1. Cash, EFT-POS or cheque payments
Cash, EFT-POS or cheque payments can be made at any of Council's offices or Service Centres.
Cheques may be posted in to the Council. Please do not post cash. Cheque payments sent by post should be addressed to:
Central Otago District Council
PO Box 122
Please note that NZ banks are phasing out cheques by July 2021. Council will not be able to accept cheques for payment starting 1 July 2021. We encourage you to start exploring other payment options.
2. Telephone and Internet Banking
This method of payment enables you to pay your rates instalments from home. Your valuation roll number is required as a reference for the payment so that we can credit the payment to your rate account. If you have multiple properties, you are required to make multiple payments, each showing the valuation number and ratepayer surname.
Please ask our staff to assist when setting up any electronic payments.
Our bank account details are: BNZ Alexandra Branch 020916 0081744 00
3. Automatic Payments
Ratepayers may direct credit a regular amount from their bank account into the Council's account.
Automatic payments should be set to ensure that the total year's rates payment is spread evenly across the financial year. Council staff can assist you calculating this amount. Don't forget to use your valuation roll number as a reference.
Please remember to stop your automatic payment if you sell your property.
4. Direct Debit
Direct Debit is Council's preferred method of payment for rates and allows you to pay your rates automatically from your bank account.
Payments can be made weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or annually. It ensures your rates accounts are paid on time and for the correct amount. Once a year when your annual rate amount changes Council will advise you of your new payment amount.
You will be notified of all changes in advance, but unlike Automatic Payments this does not require any action on your behalf, and you will not be charged bank fees for the amendment.
If the due date falls on a non-business day, the payment will be made on the evening of the next business day.
Direct Debits can also be used for paying your water account if requested.
Direct Debit Form for your Rates
- Download a Direct Debit Form - complete the form, sign and return it to us, or
- Email us - firstname.lastname@example.org with your request, and we will post out a form, or
- Call our Customer Services Team on (03) 440 0056.
Once your Direct Debit authority is received and loaded you will receive a letter confirming your payment amounts, commencement date and frequency of your payments.
On payment days, the money you owe will be automatically paid out of your bank account. All transactions will show up on your regular bank account statement.
To Make Changes to your Direct Debit
Once set up on Direct Debit this can be altered by contacting us. The most common reasons are:
- Change of bank account
- When changing any bank account (even if just the suffix) details a new direct debit form needs to be completed, signed and sent to us for action.
- Cancel a direct debit
- Contact us no later than 2 working days before the payment is due.
- Stop one direct debit and transfer to a new property (buying and selling a property)
- If the bank account details are the same as the existing direct debit we can transfer the direct debit to a new property.
- Add a new property to an existing direct debit
- If the bank account details are the same as the existing direct debit we can add a new property to this.
- Change direct debit payment frequency
- Contact us and we can amend this for you.
5. Credit Card Payments
Pay your rates, water bill, LIM, licences or other CODC invoices online through our
Bank Transfer Guidelines
Helpful guidelines on bank transfers, including examples of how to reference payments, are available by downloading this Information Sheet.