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Last reviewed: Mon, 15 Jul 2013

Rates and valuations

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

Rates information updates

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

You can check your new revaluation here

The revaluation - the first in six years - shows residential properties have risen 16.2 per cent, compared with an approximate nine per cent rise for commercial and rural properties. 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. Ratepayers who wish to object to their valuations have until 28 April 2014 to lodge their objections. Earthquake damage is not a  ground for objecting. The city-wide property revaluation was conducted by independent valuer Quotable Value (QV) and it will also handle objections. For further information about the objections process 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.

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.

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.

$595 off your rates?
You could get a $595 rates reduction 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 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.

A General Revaluation of city properties due in 2010 was delayed by the earthquakes and is being done in 2013 using a special post-quake valuation method. The new valuation will apply to rates from 1 July 2014, but until then the Council will continue to set its rates based on 2007 valuations.

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 8987


Visit us at your local service centre.


Authorising Unit: Corporate Support

Last reviewed: Monday, 15 July 2013

Next review: Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Keywords: rates