Differential Rating System

Rates are calculated using a differential rating system that is based on land use or rating category.


A differential system has been applied to the rural area to reflect its lower population density and demand for services. The differential is:

Urban Rating Area Percentage of Urban Rate
 U1 All rating units. 100%
Rural Rating Area Percentage of Urban Rate
R1 Rural Rating Units less than 50 hectares. 38%

R2 Rural Rating Units equal to or greater than 50 hectares plus (Rating Units less than 50 hectares where a combination of these properties total greater than 50 hectares and form part of one farming operation).


R3 Rural Village Rating Differential Units as identified in the Rural Village Differential Rating Area maps.


These differentials are applied to the General Rate.

Rating Unit

The Rating Unit is determined by the Valuer General. It is generally a property which has one Certificate of Title but can include two or more Certificate of Titles or part Certificate of Titles, dependant on whether the land is owned by the same person or persons and is used jointly as a single unit and is contiguous.

Separately Used or Inhabited Part of a Rating Unit (SUIP)

Separately Used or Inhabited Part includes any portion of a rating unit separately used or inhabited by the owner or any other person who has the right to use or inhabit, that part by virtue of a tenancy, lease, licence or other agreement.

This definition includes separately used parts, whether or not actually occupied at any particular time, which are used by the owner for rental (or other form of occupation) on an occasional or long term basis by someone other than the owner.

At a minimum, the land or premises intended to form the separately used or inhabited part of the rating unit must be capable of actual habitation, or actual use by person for purposes of conducting a business.

For the avoidance of doubt, a rating unit that has a single use or occupation is treated as having one separately used or inhabited part. A rating unit with one or more vacant lots of land is treated as having one separately used or inhabited part.

Examples of separately used or inhabited parts include rating units that have multiple offices, shops, commercial units, dwellings or flats, rating units with a dwelling with a consented family flat or minor flat where the above requirements have been met.

In relation to motels, hotels, hostels, lodges, camping grounds, Licensed hotels and taverns, separately used or inhabited parts of a rating unit includes the following where a commercial business provides part of their rating unit:

  • for separate use as an entertainment area or for conference activities and/or any type of residential accommodation by virtue of an agreement requiring payment of a fee,
  • for accommodation (with or without fixed cooking and food preparation facilities) and
  • for parking areas for caravans/mobile homes with an electric power source and access to washing/toilet facilities.


Means rating units used principally or exclusively as motels, camping grounds, hotels, hostels, lodges, licensed hotels and taverns.


Means rating units used principally or exclusively for commercial, industrial, business or utility network puproses.  This includes rating units used for:

  • Commercial or industrial purposes
  • Retail purposes
  • Offices, administrative and/or associated functions including administrative or operational rating units of Central and Local Government
  • Accommodation/hospitality
  • Utility networks
  • Business-related premises used principally for private pecuniary benefit

In situations where a change in use does not require a Council consent, but warrants a change in rating category, the onus is on the ratepayer to inform Council.  Any change in use during a rating year will apply from 1 July of the following rating year.

Billing Categories

Rates are calculated using a differential rating system that is based on land use. The billing categories are as follows:  Districtwide water supply rate - differential categories For the purposes of water supply rates the following differential...

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