How Rates are Set

This section explains how rates are set.

How are Rates Set?

 Rates are set at 30 June for the following year. Any changes to rateable value or rating factors during 2018/2019 will not impact the 2018/2019 rates.

A property's rates are made up of three components:

A summary of the rates currently charged are as follows:

General Rate

General RateCategories of Land
on which rate is set
Factors2018/2019 Rate
(GST inc)

The General Rate funds activities which are deemed to provide a general benefit

across the entire district or which are not economic to fund separately.
These activities include:

  • environmental management,
  • public health and safety,
  • transportation, roads and footpaths,
  • coastal structures,
  • water supply,
  • solid waste,
  • flood protection and river control works,
  • community development
  • governance, and
  • council enterprises.

A portion of the general rate is used to replenish the Council’s General Disaster Fund.


The capital values are assessed by independent valuers.

Their results are audited by the Office of the Valuer General.

Every rateable rating unit in the District. Rate in the $ of Capital Value 0.2208 cents

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Uniform Annual General Charge

Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC)


Categories of Land on which rate is setFactors2018/2019 Rate (GST inc)

(funding the same activities as the general rate)


The Council has determined a portion of the general rate is to be assessed as a UAGC.

The purpose of setting the UAGC is to ensure that every ratepayer makes a minimum

contribution to the Council activities.

Every rateable rating unit in the District. Fixed amount $ per Rating Unit $290

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Targeted Rates

Read about the various targeted rates.

This section explains how rates are set.


There are two pieces of legislation which guide the way rates are set in New Zealand - the Local Government Act 2002 and the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002. Almost all land is rateable, except land used for a few different purposes (such as Land forming part of National Park, land used by a Council for a reserve, land used as a place of religious worship etc).

The method used by Tasman District Council and other councils to determine rates is set out in the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002. It also details criteria around the use of those rates. The Local Government Act 2002 sets out those processes and policies that must be applied in the establishment of rating systems.

Policy Framework

Our Revenue and Financing Policy, included in the Council’s last Long Term Plan document, explains who pays what, and why for each activity of Council. 

The Council’s Funding Impact statement (“FIS”), included in the Council’s last Long Term Plan or Annual plan, explains how each rate is charged and specifies the amount of the rate. The FIS also includes a list of rates paid by a number of sample properties in the district. 

 Can I get a Reduction in my Rates?

Council can only remit or remove rates in accordance with its Rates Remission Policy.

What about a Rates Rebate?

Lower income earners may also qualify for a rates rebate.

More Information

For all questions relating to rates within the District please contact the Council on, Ph. 03 543 8400 or Email