What this policy aims to achieve
The policy aims to:
- encourage the non-commercial (non-business) community to provide ongoing services that meet the needs of residents of the Auckland region
- encourage the sustainability of community-based organisations and the benefit they provide to the community
- make membership to the organisation more accessible to the general public, particularly children, youth, young families, elderly, and economically disadvantaged people.
Eligibility and criteria
The policy applies to:
- land owned and occupied by incorporated sport or recreation clubs or associations
- land owned and occupied by incorporated sport or recreation clubs or organisations providing community services, which have within their constitution relevant clauses to qualify them as charities or not-for-profit, and where we (the council) believe significant public good results from occupying the land for sport, recreation or community services.
The policy does not apply to:
- organisations operated for private profit
- land used for the purpose of accommodation, such as student accommodation, unless that use also provides some other qualifying community service.
- any rating unit that has qualified for a remission (reduction of rates) under any of the following sub-schemes:
- Remission (reduction) of rates for community, sporting and other organisations providing community services in the district of the previous Franklin District Council.
- Remission (reduction) of rates for community, sporting and other organisations providing community services in the district of the previous North Shore City Council.
- Remission (reduction) of rates where organisations by their existence in the district directly benefit the residents of the district of the previous Rodney District Council.
How we will assess applications for this remission
We will assess all applications for remissions on a case-by-case basis and, at our discretion, determine the extent of public benefits that are provided to the community. We will use this information to determine eligibility.
A qualifying rating unit will be eligible for a remission (reduction) of 5 per cent of the rates (excluding targeted rates).
Where the application relates to a community hall owned by Resident and Ratepayer Association (however named), and we determine whether the applicant is eligible for a remission, the rating unit will be eligible for a remission of 10 per cent of the rates (excluding targeted rates).
We reserve the right to request annual applications to renew the remission or request certification from the applicant that the property is still eligible for the remission and that the land use has not changed.
How to apply for this remission
Apply in writing.
What you need to provide
Provide a detailed explanation of how the property meets the eligibility and criteria under this policy, and include the following documents in support of your application:
- statement of objectives
- full financial accounts
- information about activities and programme details of membership or clients
- daytime contact number so we can contact you if we need more information.
Send your application to:
Private Bag 92300