|You can now have your rates invoices delivered by email. Signing up is easy – you just need any rates invoice from April 2023 onwards.
From Friday 26 May New Zealand banks will begin processing payments to and from other New Zealand banks seven days a week, including weekends and public holidays.
|📅 If you pay your rates and/or clean air loan by direct debit, please make sure you will have sufficient funds to cover your payment.
🏦 If there are insufficient funds in your account when a payment is processed, your payment may be declined by your bank. You can learn more by getting in touch with your banking provider, or by visiting their website.
📞 If you think you will be unable to make an upcoming payment please get in touch with us on (03) 211 1777.
Rates are levied as a tax on all property in compliance with the statutory provisions of the Local Government Act 2002. Rates are calculated on the valuation for each individual property. Search for your rates details on this page.
The amount of rates required is set when the Council determines its budget. Rates provide the funding required to complete the Council’s work (outlined in the Council’s Annual Plan and Long-term Plan) including the day-to-day Council operations and specific projects, such as cemeteries, community boards, drainage, economic development, parks and reserves, refuse collection roading, sewage treatment, street lighting, swimming pools, water etc.
The rating year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 and is divided into four equal instalments. With your first invoice for the year, you will receive a Rates Assessment Notice. This notice shows the total amount of rates you will pay for the entire rating year. Throughout the year, you will receive four rates invoices – one every three months. You can expect to receive your rates invoices about one month before the due date and this MUST be paid in full and on time.
Deadlines for quarterly payments:
Instalment 1 – 25 August 2023
Instalment 2 – 24 November 2023
Instalment 3 – 23 February 2024
Instalment 4 – 31 May 2024
In addition to the rates charged by Invercargill City Council, Environment Southland also rates properties in the Invercargill District. Property owners will receive separate, independent rates notices and invoices from the two councils. Check the Environment Southland website for information about its rates.
Rating Information Database
The Rating Information Database (RID) records all information for the setting and assessing of property rates and enables members of the public to have reasonable access to this information.
You have a right to inspect and, on certain grounds, object to our rating database and rates records.
The RID information cannot be given out verbally over the phone. Requests for information can be emailed to email@example.com or by mail to Private Bag 90104 Invercargill.
The purpose of the public RID is to assist people who need to make contact with property owners for legitimate reasons, such as resource consent applications. Personal details will not be made available to any person for bulk data collection or direct marketing purposes and requests are therefore limited to three separate properties per request.
Withholding information (RID)
Owners’ names and postal addresses are included on the Rating Information Database. If an owner wishes their name, or postal address, or both to be withheld from the database, a written application, pursuant to Section 28C(2)(a) of the Act, must be made to Council.
Where the owner’s name and/or address information has been withheld in terms of Section 28 (c) of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, you can provide a written request stating the reasons why you need the information. The Council will forward the request to the property owner on your behalf.
Have a mail redirection with NZPost?
Invercargill City Council sends out rate invoices via DX Mail. If you currently have a mail redirection setup through NZPost, future rate invoices will not be redirected.
a) set up a redirection with DX Mail here.
b) sign up to receive your rates online https://icc.govt.nz/rates/rates-by-email/
c) if you need to update your postal address with us please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 03 211 1777
Updating property details on QV
You can submit updated details for your property shown on the QV website.
- Search for your property using the Property Search on QV: Property Search (QV.co.nz)
- Under ‘Valuation Details’, click ‘Update Property Details’.
- Update your desired fields. You can also add plans and photos. When you are ready click submit.
- QV will review your submitted amendments and update them if accepted.