Why do we have to pay rates?

Each year through the Annual Plan process the Council determines how much in rates it needs to collect to deliver the services and projects for that year. That amount is then apportioned to each property within the District based on a formula that takes into account the expected use of the service or project. For example the cost of maintaining or upgrading the three wastewater treatment plants is borne by urban ratepayers while rural ratepayers bear more of the cost for maintaining the large number of rural roads.

If you need to contact the rates team please email rates@swdc.govt.nz or phone 06 306 9611 option 6

Do a rates search to find out the annual rates and property information for a property in the District.

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What is a LIM?

If you are thinking of buying a property you should consider getting a Land Information Memorandum (LIM). When you apply for a LIM Council staff will look through information that we hold about a property and put together a report with information about services, rates, natural hazards, and past building or resource consents.

Please note that the Council will provide you with the information that it has but cannot guarantee to provide you with all information about the property as there may be work that was done that Council does not have a record of.

For more information about LIMs have a look at our LIM FAQ sheet

Download the LIM Application Form

When are my rates due?

  • 20 August 2020
  • 20 November 2020
  • 20 February 2021
  • 20 May 2021

How do I pay my rates?

  • Online here
  • Direct debit (weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly) set up through the Council
  • Direct credit by phone or internet banking
  • Eftpos at the Council office in Martinborough
  • Cash at the Council or Greytown and Featherston Libraries
  • Cash at the Greater Wellington Regional Council Office, 35-37 Chapel St, Masterton
  • Cash at the Greater Wellington Regional Council Office, Shed 39, Harbour Quays, Wellington
  • Post to South Wairarapa District Council, PO Box 6, Martinborough 5741

Automatic payment set up through your bank or on internet banking. This has to be monitored and maintained by the ratepayer.

Can I get a rates rebate?

The Department of Internal Affairs facilitates a rates rebate scheme that allows for an annual contribution of up to $655 towards the cost of rates for those on benefits or low household incomes.  The scheme is administered by Council.

There are three factors that determine a person’s eligibility:

  • House ownership – legal ratepayer as recorded on the council Rating information Database (RID)
  • Level of income
  • Level of rates

Rates Remissions

Council provides for various types of rates remission. The conditions and criteria relating to each type of remission is set out in the Remission of Rates Policy.  All other applications should be made in writing to the Group Manager Corporate Support (check title – probably CFO).

Historical Rating Resolutions

2019/20, 2018/2019, 2017/2018 2016/2017, 2015/2016,2015/2016 reset 2014/2015 , 2013/2014

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