Property Rates Policies
The Council has a number of policies in place around the rating of properties in particular circumstances.
Policy on Rates Remission for Land Subject to Council Initiated Zone Changes
This Policy is to allow Council, at its discretion, to remit rates charged on any rating unit used for residential purposes that is rezoned as a result of a Council initiated zone change. The aim of this Policy is to allow the Council to consider remitting rates for those ratepayers most adversely affected by an increase in rates when the land value of their rating unit increases as a result of a Council initiated zone change. The Council’s preference is to allow a transition period before affected ratepayers are required to pay the increased rates in full. It is accepted that the rates remitted will be paid by other ratepayers. Applications for rates remission must be made to the Council on or before 31 October of a rating year if the applicant wishes the remission to apply to rates payable in that year.
Rates Remission Policy for Land Occupied by a Dwelling that is Affected by Natural Disaster
The objective of this policy is to allow the Council, at its discretion, to remit rates charged on any rating unit used for residential purposes if the land has been detrimentally affected by natural disaster (erosion, falling debris, subsidence, slippage, inundation, or earthquake) rendering dwellings or buildings uninhabitable and requiring activities carried out on the land to cease. The aim of the Policy is to allow the Council to consider remitting rates for those ratepayers most adversely affected.
- Rates Remission Policy for Land Occupied by a Dwelling that is Affected by Natural Disaster
- Application Form - Rates Remission for Residence Affected by a Natural Disaster
Policy on Uneconomic Balances
The objectives of this policy are to avoid collecting rates which are not economic to collect.
Policy on Remissions for Sporting, Recreation or Community Organisations
The objectives of this policy are to:
- Facilitate the ongoing provision of non-commercial community services and non-commercial recreational opportunities to the residents of the Tasman District.
- Assist the survival of non-profit organisations.
- Make membership of the organisation more accessible to the general public, particularly disadvantaged groups including children, youth, young families, the elderly, and economically disadvantaged people.
Policy on Remission of Uniform Charges on Non-Contiguous Rating Units Owned by the Same Ratepayer
This policy aims to provide relief from uniform charges for rural land which is noncontiguous, farmed as a single entity and owned by the same ratepayer.
- Read the Policy Online
- Policy on Remission of Uniform Charges on Non-Contiguous Rating Units Owned by the Same Ratepayer
Policy on Remission of Rates on Land Protected for Natural Conservation Purposes
Objectives of this policy are to preserve and promote natural resources to encourage the protection of land for natural purposes. This policy will support the provisions of the Tasman Resource Management Plan.
- Read the Policy Online
- Policy on Remission of Rates on Land Protected for Natural Conservation Purposes
Policy on Rate Relief for Māori Freehold Land
Council is required to adopt a policy on remission and postponement of rates on Māori freehold land under Sections 102, 108 and Schedule 11 of the Local Government Act 2002.
Policy on Penalty Remissions
Objectives of this policy is to enable Council to act fairly and reasonably in its consideration of rates which have not been received by Council by the penalty date due to circumstances outside the ratepayer’s control.
Policy for Payment of Rates for Subsequent Financial Years
This policy is made under section 56 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 in respect of sums that may be paid in a financial year in anticipation of a liability for one or more targeted rates or for targeted rates for one or more specified functions, in subsequent financial years.
Policy on School Wastewater Charges
To provide relief and assistance to educational establishments in paying wastewater charges.
Policy on Remission of Excess Metered Water Rates
To provide relief to ratepayers who have excessive metered water rates for their dwelling, due to a leak in their internal reticulation and to encourage ratepayers to get all leakage repaired promptly.