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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:43am

Rates invoices for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 will be arriving in letterboxes and inboxes soon.

You can check out the changes in your rates before your invoice arrives, by visiting 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 choose to pay by 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, December, March and 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 2019/20 year is 6%, however this will vary for individual properties. This year also takes account of updated capital values, which may affect the amount of rates you pay.

Rates may also increase if you have made changes to your property, for example if you have built a house on your section, or if you have changed your wheelie bins.

If you have any queries regarding your rates please contact us by email or ring 03 347 2776. But please be patient with our revenue team staff in the next few weeks as the volume of queries always increases at this time of year. Find out more about rates.