Find out how your rates bill has changed this year.

In 2021/2022 the Council set rates to collect $588.0 million (excluding GST).

This year rates rose on average 4.97% for existing ratepayers. A typical ratepayer owning an average size house (with a rating value of $508,608) will pay $57 per week in rates (including GST).

The actual increase in rates for individual properties varies depending on factors such as:

  • a property’s rating value
  • whether it is classed as residential, business, or remote rural.

We also collect rates on behalf of Environment Canterbury(external link), which sets its own rates. They are not included in these figures but will appear on your rates invoice.

The rates for 2021/2022 are shown in the table below. There are 18 separate rates. A ratepayer typically pays some but not all of these. The rules for each rate are set out in the Council's Funding Impact Statement. As an illustration, we have shown the amount that would typically be paid for each rate for an average house with a capital value (CV) of $508,608.

Rate name Rate Units Rate paid for an average house ($, incl GST)
General Rate: Standard 0.315506 cents per $ CV  1,604.69
General Rate: Business 0.535414 cents per $ CV
General Rate: Remote Rural 0.23663 cents per $ CV
Uniform Annual General Charge 138.00  $ per SUIP*  138.00
Water Connected  0.071436 cents per $ CV 363.33 
Water not Connected  0.035718 cents per $ CV
Land Drainage  0.041885 cents per $ CV 213.03 
Sewerage  0.084700 cents per $ CV 430.79 
Waste Minimisation  196.45 $ per SUIP* 196.45 
Waste Minimisation (Part)  147.34 $ per SUIP*
Restricted Water Supply  236.78 $ per SLOS**
Fire Connections  122.27 $ per connection
Active Travel  20.00  $ per SUIP* 20.00 
Heritage (Cathedral)  6.52  $ per SUIP* 6.52 
Akaroa Health Centre  55.14 $ per SUIP*
Central City Business Association 277.78 $ per rating unit 0
Heritage 0.000079 cents per $ CV 0.39
Heritage (Arts Centre) 0.000205 cents per $ CV 1.04
 Total     2,974.24 

* SUIP: This means a Separately Used or Inhabited Part of a rating unit.

**SLOS: The restricted water supply rate paid for each Standard Level of Service (SLOS) received by a rating unit.


Examples

We show below some examples of how rates vary depending on capital values. Examples are shown for three kinds of property: a standard, business and remote rural property.

Standard

We assume this ratepayer pays the following rates: General Standard, Uniform Annual General Charge, Water Connected, Land Drainage, Sewerage, Waste Minimisation, Active Travel, Heritage (Cathedral) and Heritage (Arts Centre).

Capital value $ 2021/2022 rates ($, incl GST)
200,000 1,389
400,000 2,416
500,000 2,930
508,608 (average home) 2,974
600,000 3,444
700,000 3,958
800,000 4,471
1,000,000 5,499
1,500,000 8,068

Business

We assume this ratepayer pays the following rates: General Business, Uniform Annual General Charge, Water Connected, Land Drainage, Sewerage, Waste Minimisation, Active Travel, Heritage (Cathedral) and Heritage (Arts Centre).

Capital value $ 2021/2022 rates ($ incl GST)
200,000 1,828
400,000 3,296
600,000 4,763
800,000 6,231
1,000,000 7,698
1,500,000 11,367
1,858,572 (average business) 13,998
2,000,000 15,035
5,000,000 37,047

Remote rural

We assume this ratepayer pays the following rates: General Remote Rural, Uniform Annual General Charge, Land Drainage, Waste Minimisation (Part), Active Travel, Heritage (Cathedral) and Heritage (Arts Centre).

Capital value $ 2021/2022 rates ($, incl GST)
200,000 786
400,000 1,260
600,000 1,733
800,000 2,207
1,000,000  2,681
1,039,580 (average rural) 2,775
2,000,000 5,050
3,000,000 7,419