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Last reviewed: Tue, 29 Jul 2014

Rates and valuations

Rates are set annually in order to fund the net cost of running the city.

Rates increases proposed in the Long Term Plan

Please refer to the media release.

Rates information updates

Christchurch City Council released the results of its first post-earthquake property revaluation in March 2014.

You can check your new revaluation here

The revaluation - the first in six years - shows that residential properties rose by an average of 16.2 per cent between August 2007 and November 2013, compared with an approximate 9 per cent rise for commercial and rural properties. However, there was a very wide range of valuation movement across the city, reflecting both earthquake impacts and broader property market movements during the global financial crisis. Valuations for individual properties may have therefore moved significantly more or less than these average figures. Read the media release 10 March and further information on the 2013 Revaluation.

Because of the impact of the earthquakes a special methodology was used for this valuation, and it excludes the impact of earthquake damage. The city-wide property revaluation was conducted by independent valuer Quotable Value (QV). For further information visit the QV website, or call 0800 787 284 .

Rates information

You can use our rates information search to find out rates and rating valuation information about a property.

Council sets its budget each year through either an Annual or (every three years) a Long Term Planning process. This budget sets the total amount of rates to be collected. Rateable Values are used as a basis for allocating this total rates requirement between all properties across the District. 

Rates are a tax on property and must be paid by the due date, even if the amount invoiced is in dispute. However we offer a range of payment options and are always willing to discuss the needs of our customers.

If you change your postal address, please advise us immediately. If you have received a letter from the Council or a building consent at your new address, this does not automatically mean that the change of address has been recorded in the rating records. Changes of address may also be noted on the remittance advice and sent in with your payment.

$605 off your rates?
You could get a $605 rates reduction in 2014/15 as part of the Government's rate rebate scheme to provide assistance towards rates for low income earners.

Search for a property's rating valuation

The information contained in this site is taken from the Christchurch City Council Rating Information Database. Property and rates information is provided to you under the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 and the Rating Valuations Act 1998. This online rating information database is a public register of property information. It is also available to view at the public access computer in the main foyer of the Christchurch City Council, Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street, Christchurch during opening hours.

Please note: Due to the need for scheduled maintenance, access to rates information online occasionally may not be available – please try again later.

Rateable valuations provide a consistent basis for Council to allocate its total rates requirement between all properties across the District. The 2013 valuations are an estimate of what each property would have sold for (excluding the effect of earthqauke damage) on 1 November 2013: they are not intented to be an indicator or current market value.

Valuations may be amended, usually as a result of building work, demolition, or subdivision, although amended valuations will still be based on market conditions as at the same date as all other Rating Valuations across the District (ie. they will not be a current market valuation). Amended valuations will be notified to the property owner in writing and it then takes at least one week for the new valuation to be updated on the Christchurch City Council website.

The most recent General Revaluation of city properties is based on market prices on 1 November 2013. These values are used for allocating rates from 1 July 2014. Rates charges prior to 1 July 2014 were calculated based on the August 2007 General Revaluation - the scheduled 2010 General Revaluation was delayed due to the earthquakes.

Read more information on the 2013 Revaluation.

Contact us

For more information about your rates, contact the Council:

Phone: (03) 941 8999
Fax: (03) 941 6327


Visit us at your local service centre.


Authorising Unit: Corporate Finance

Last reviewed: Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Next review: Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Keywords: rates