Rates Penalties & Remissions
Overdue Rates - Instalment Penalty
A 10% penalty will be added on the next business day to any instalment not paid by the due date. Only moneys actually receipted in the offices of the Hurunui District Council before the close of business will be accepted as paid on that date.
Rating Year Due Dates:
|Due Date||Penalty Date|
|Instalment 1||20 August||21 August|
|Instalment 2||20 November||21 November|
|Instalment 3||20 February||21 February|
|Instalment 4||20 May||21 May|
When these dates fall on a weekend or public holiday the next working day will be the due date.
A further additional charge of 10% will be added to all rates and additional charges from the previous rating year remaining unpaid on 1 July. A further additional charge of 10% will be added to any rates to which the additional charge referred to in this paragraph is added and remains unpaid on 1 January.
Remission of Penalty
Additional charges may be remitted in accordance with the following criteria:
- Application can be made in writing for a remission of a penalty that has arisen due to sickness, death, age or other acceptable general reasons to the Manager Financial Services.
- Application can be made for remission of a penalty for no substantial reason, to the Rates Remission & Postponement Sub- committee (a maximum of one such remission every two years).
All rates must be paid in full, as a general rule, before remission is considered.
Rates are a charge against the land, and must be paid regardless of who is the owner/occupier. If you feel unpaid arrears are the responsibility of the previous owner, contact them direct about reimbursement, or advise your solicitor. If you have recently purchased this property and unpaid arrears appear on your rates assessment, it is in your interest to ensure they are paid immediately.
Remission & Postponement of Rates
Statutory provision exists for the Council to remit or postpone rates in cases of extreme financial hardship. The Council has a policy of considering the postponement of rates where hardship exists. Postponed rates are a charge against the property and must be paid either at the end of the postponement term or when the property is sold.
Interest will be charged on postponed rates for new applicants at the Council's cost of capital, (currently 10%) without incurring additional charges.
Canterbury Regional Council
The Council acts as agent for the collection of rates for the Canterbury Regional Council who determine their own rates.