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How your property rates bill is made up

What your property rates bill consists of

Your property rates bill consists of three parts:

  • a Uniform Annual General Charge - UAGC (fixed charge)
  • a general rate
  • targeted rates.

Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC)

The Uniform Annual General Charge is a fixed charge applied to every separately used or inhabited part (SUIP) of a property.

If you have a home with a granny flat, you will pay two fixed charges. This is because a granny flat is used as a separate residence, or a SUIP.

General rate

The general rate is based on:

  • your property's capital value
  • how you use the property (residential, business, farm, short-term accommodation)
  • whether your property's location is urban or rural.

The general rate funds a range of services we provide.

There are several types of properties that we use for calculating the general rate:

  • urban residential
  • urban business
  • rural business
  • rural residential
  • farm and lifestyle properties
  • no road access properties
  • zero-rated properties, which includes uninhabited islands and some land used by religious organisations
  • urban moderate-occupancy online accommodation provider
  • rural moderate-occupancy online accommodation provider
  • urban medium-occupancy online accommodation provider
  • rural medium-occupancy online accommodation provider.

Targeted rates

Targeted rates pay for specific services or projects and can be set generally across all ratepayers or to specific ratepayers in certain areas.

Current targeted rates include:

  • natural environment
  • water quality, funding towards our stormwater and waterway projects
  • accommodation provider targeted rate
  • rubbish, recycling, food scraps and inorganic collections
  • repayment of financial assistance (for example, the Retrofit Your Home scheme)
  • free adult entry to swimming pools in the Mangere-Otahuhu and Otara-Papatoetoe local board areas
  • swimming pool
  • local or business targeted rates.

Rating maps

Some ratepayers pay more or less in general rates than others with the same value property. We define the categories using location and land use.

Business and residential properties located within the Urban rating area pay higher urban rates while properties located outside the Urban rating area pay lower rural rates.

Some properties in special areas might also need to pay a targeted rate such as:

See The 10-year budget 2018-2028 for how these rates are currently applied.

Get a copy of the current rating maps

Proposed changes to rating maps

As part of Our 10-year Budget 2021-2031 (long-term plan) consultation we proposed changes to some of our rating policies.

These included:

  • proposed changes to Business Improvement District Targeted Rates
  • the Rodney Drainage Targeted Rate proposal.

The Finance and Performance Committee and Governing Body will now consider feedback and make decisions on the proposed changes.

If we adopt the changes as part of the 10-year budget, they will apply from 1 July 2021.

Get a copy of the proposed rating maps

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