Applying for a rates rebate
The Central Otago District Council, on behalf of the Department of Internal Affairs, administers the rates rebate scheme. You may qualify for a rebate of a portion of your rates. The rebate is aimed at ratepayers who earn less than or around $30,000 (gross) per year and is worked out on a sliding scale, which links income level to rates levied. It is aimed at residential ratepayers rather than farmers or industrial properties. The higher your rates and the lower your income the more chance you have to qualify for all or part of the rebate.
You can apply for a rates rebate if the following is applicable to you:
- You pay the rates on the address that you live at, and
- You were living at that address at the beginning of the rating year, and
- Your name is on the rate account - not the name of a trust.
The rebate is calculated based on the gross total of your income, that of your spouse/partner (if any) and of any joint home owner.
Forms can be downloaded from the Department of Internal Affairs website's Rates Rebate Scheme page or are available from any of our service centres.
Rates rebates are granted under the Rates Rebate Act 1973. Details of income must be supplied with your application so your rebate can be calculated. Applications are strictly confidential.
Applicants must reapply every year (however once you have applied once you normally get added to a mailing list to receive further application forms in subsequent rating years, though if you miss a year you will need to ask again).
Contacts for Rebate Enquiries
If you need some help with your application, or have any questions regarding the scheme, please phone the rates department on (03) 262 7055 or email email@example.com.