Rates accounts and payment options
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Last modified: 04 Aug 2020 8:15am
Rates invoices for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 September 2020 should have arrived in your letterboxes or inboxes.
You can check out the changes in your rates, by visiting our rates page and clicking on property search.
If you pay by direct debit you will receive information on your new direct debit in a separate letter. If you’re on direct debit then, as long as you have sufficient funds in your bank account to cover the payments on the due dates, you will not be charged penalties.
For ratepayers not on a direct debit, rates are payable in four instalments – 15 September, 15 December, 15 March and 15 June. Penalties are charged on instalments not paid in full by the due dates and there is a further penalty if rates are not
paid by 30 June.
Your rates invoice details the rates assessed for your property for both the Council and Environment Canterbury. The Council assesses a general rate, based on your property’s capital value, district-wide targeted rates, plus other targeted rates based on where you live, or the services you receive. We also act as agent for the collection of Environment Canterbury rates within Selwyn district.
The average rates increase for the 2020/21 year is 1.6%, however this will vary for individual properties. Rates take account of capital values, as well any changes to your property, for example if you have built a house on your section, or if you have changed your wheelie bins.
Ratepayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for a rates payment extension, which is available for 2020/21 rates. For more information about rates, including forms, payment options and extensions, visit our rates page, or phone 0800 SELWYN (735 996).