Last updated: Wednesday 13 May 2020, 9.45am
Kāpiti Coast District Council has announced a phased approach support package to help the district withstand the economic and social challenges expected from COVID-19. The Council's focus is on the short- and long-term wellbeing of the district and this plan provides help where it is most needed.
These measures are a first step in what will be a multi-staged approach to social and economic recovery for our district; further work is under way to look at how we support the community and district to recover.
Support available on application
The following support is available to Kāpiti residents, ratepayers and businesses who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Note that you will need to apply for this support.
Removal or reversal of rates late payment penalties
Rates late payment penalties may be removed or reversed for property and water rates invoices due between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020.
Rates payment deferral
Payments for water and property rates due between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2020 may be deferred for up to six months through an agreed payment plan. This will allow you to make payments in agreed instalments for up to two years.
90-day credit terms for invoices
You may be able to defer payment on Council invoices for up to three months (90 days) if you are struggling to pay.
Note: this does not include invoices for rates or services where you are required to pay as you apply, such as dog registration, land information memoranda (LIMs), resource consent deposits, and building consents.
Refund consent deposits and fees if applicants request to withdraw their application
If your situation has changed as a direct result of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive a refund of fees if you:
- withdraw your application for a resource or building consent before a decision has been made
- cancel an issued building consent where work hasn’t begun
- apply to reduce the scope of your building consent.
Support being applied automatically
The following support is being applied automatically to those who are eligible for it. If you are eligible for this support, you do not need to contact the Council to arrange it.
Rent payments waived for three months for Council’s major commercial tenants
Major tenants of commercial buildings where the Council is the landlord will have their rent payments waived for three months. These commercial tenants have already been contacted directly.
Rapid payments to Council suppliers
Council has undertaken to pay all suppliers within seven working days. Suppliers do not need to contact Council to arrange for this to happen.
Refund 25% of fees for food, alcohol and outdoor dining licences paid in the current financial year
We will apply a business interruption credit of 25 percent to your council debtor account if you have been (or will be) invoiced for an Environmental Health Licence in the 1 July 2019–30 June 2020 financial year. This applies to the following licences:
- alcohol licence annual fee
- food registration
- food control plan verification
- hairdressing licence
- trade waste licence
- outdoor dining licence.
Our team is working on processing these during May, and we will let you know when this credit has been applied to your business. If you have any other questions, email our Environmental Health, Licensing and Compliance Team on email@example.com
Increase weighting for local businesses in procurement processes
When buying goods and services, the Council will emphasise supporting local residents, local businesses, and the local economy, to help Kāpiti recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
When we’re specifying requirements for a procurement process, we’ll include a specific requirement to support local residents and/or local businesses and/or the local economy, where this makes sense. When evaluating options, we will consider the extent to which each option supports this requirement. We’ll apply an increased weighting to the evaluation criterion that relates to the support requirement.
Council has also agreed the following support. These will be expanded on as appropriate when further information becomes available.
- allow Community Boards to repurpose unallocated discretionary grants for 2019/20 to COVID-19 response initiatives
- flexibility to repurpose remaining social investment grants in 2019/20 as appropriate
- extend existing library book loans by six weeks.