Earthquake Rates Relief
The Council has adopted a rates relief package for properties that are unable to be occupied as a result of the earthquakes. Read about the rates relief policy here.
UPDATE: July 2012 rates instalment
The latest instalment of rates invoices have been sent to property owners from 18 July 2012 .
Where a building has been demolished prior to 30 June 2012, the rating valuation for that property should have been adjusted. While we are working hard to ensure all our records are up to date following the earthquake, there may be some instances where they do not reflect this issue.
If you think this is an issue for your property, please call us on 941 8999 so that we can update our records and amend your rates invoice.
You can use our rates information search to find out rates and rating valuation information about a property.
The rate requirement is determined by the Long Term Council Community Plan as part of the budgeting process and is then assessed on each property.
Rates must be paid by the due date, however we offer a range of payment options and are always willing to discuss the needs of our customers.
$590 off your rates?
You could get a $590 rates reduction as part of the Government's rate rebate scheme to provide assistance towards rates for low income earners.
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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 do not represent current market valuations.
When valuations are amended, the property owner will receive written advice of the amended valuation, and it then takes at least one week for the rateable valuation to be updated on the Christchurch City Council website.
Please note as the council has adopted an earthquake rates remission policy for uninhabitable residential properties based on land value (with a minimum reduction of 40%), the rateable value of the properties has been reduced from capital value to land value for the time that the property is uninhabitable. This is an interim measure until the property is either inhabited, demolished or rebuilt.
The Council has started the significant process of amending rating valuations to reflect property damage caused by the September 4 earthquake. The scheduled revaluation to update the rating valuation for every property in the city (called a general revaluation) was well underway when the September earthquake struck. Because of the significant damage caused by that and subsequent earthquakes, in agreement with the Valuer-General an Order in Council was passed allowing the Government to extend Christchurch’s deadline for General Revaluation.
The Council must now complete the General Revaluation before December 2013. Until that valuation is completed the Council will continue to set its rates based on 2007 valuations.
Read more information here
For more information about your rates, contact the Council:
Phone: (03) 941 8999
Fax: (03) 941 8987
Visit us at your local service centre.