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Rates remissions

Under the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, we have the ability apply a remission to KāpitiCoast District Council rates (all or part of) in certain circumstances.  The criteria for each remission is outlined in the Rates Remission Policy.

Are you eligible for help paying your rates?

You might be eligible for one or more of these remissions to help with paying your rates. Below is a list of what’s on offer. If you think you might be eligible give us a call on 0800 486 486 or email kapiti.council@kapiticoast.govt.nz   

Each year we set aside up to $175,000 for property and water rates remissions to provide support to low-income ratepayers (including on behalf of tenants) who are facing tough times financially.

Rate remission for financial hardship

This is a rates remission of up to $300 for residential properties or $150 for license to occupy properties within a retirement village for ratepayers who are facing either long-term or temporary financial difficulty. Assistance could be available to ratepayers who are paying more than 5% of their net household income on Council rates after any Government Rate Rebate has been taken into account. Full criteria on page 3 in Rates Remission Policy.  Download the application form

Rate remission for significant costs causing financial hardship

This rates remission can provide up to $300 per rateable property for ratepayers who have experienced hardship due to repair of water leaks, a serious health issue or essential housing maintenance. Full criteria on page 11 in Rates Remission Policy.  Download the application form.

Remission for high water use for larger low income families

This remission is for property owners or tenants, who have more than three dependents living at the property, receive a Working for Families Tax Credit and have total water charges from 1 July 2016 to 30 April 2017 of more than $311. Full criteria on page 12 in Rates Remission Policy. For more information visit the water rates remission webpage.

Other rate remissions available

Remission of a late payment penalty

When rate payments (property or water) haven’t been received by the penalty date, remission of the late payment penalty could be provided. This is determined on a case-by-case basis where it’s considered fair and equitable to do so, on receipt of a written application from the ratepayer. Full criteria on page 8 in Rates Remission Policy

Rates relief for residential rating units containing two separately habitable units

This is remission of a second targeted rate for community facilities, roading and water supply where a rating unit contains two habitable units and the second unit has a floor area of 50 square metres or less or is a consented family flat. Where (A) the second unit is used only for family or friends or where (B) the second unit is rented out for less than one month each year. Full criteria on page 9 in Rates Remission Policy

Postponement of some or all of Kāpiti Coast District Council rates due to extreme financial hardship

The ratepayer needs to apply in writing and include a report from an appropriate Budgeting Service confirming that their financial hardship affects their ability to pay rates. Full criteria on page 10 in Rates Remission Policy

Optional rates postponement of the Kāpiti Coast District Council rates for the ratepayer's sole or principal place of residence

At least one ratepayer needs to be 65 years or older, although exceptions might be considered. All financial and administrative costs will be added to the postponed rates. Full criteria on page 4 in Rates Remission Policy

Remission for council community properties, sporting, recreation and other community organisations

This is a remission of fifty percent of KāpitiCoast District Council rates on Council-owned properties that are used exclusively or mainly for community purposes, sporting recreation, or land that’s owned and occupied by a charitable organisation and used exclusively or mainly for sporting, recreation or other community purposes. This excludes water and sewerage where relief is provided by lower targeted rates. Full criteria on page 6 in Rates Remission Policy

Remission for sporting, recreation and other community organisations leasing private property for longer than one year

This is a remission of fifty percent of Kapiti Coast District Council rates on properties leased by a charitable organisation for at least one year, which are used exclusively or mainly for sporting, recreation or other community purposes. This excludes water and sewerage where relief is provided by lower targeted rates. Full criteria on page 7 in Rates Remission Policy

Remission and postponement of rates on Maori freehold land - a remission or postponement on all or some of Kāpiti Coast District Council rates levied on Maori freehold land if the relevant criteria is met. Full criteria on page 1 in Rates Remission Policy

Remission for land protected for natural or cultural conservation purposes - a remission of part of the Kāpiti Coast District Council rates for land protected for natural or cultural conservation purposes. Applications must be in writing and provide documentary evidence of the protected status of the rating unit. Full criteria on page 8 in Rates Remission Policy

Criteria - Rates remission for conservation purposes

Application form - Rates remission for conservation purposes

Postponement of rates for actively farmed farmland located in the urban rating area of the District

The ratepayer must apply in writing before the start of the financial year, (30 June), the rating unit must be an economic farming unit of ten hectares or more, is actively farmed and is also the primary source of income for the property owner or the farming business. Postponement applies to Kāpiti Coast District Council rates only. Full criteria on page 2 in Rates Remission Policy.