Rates are an important way that the Council helps fund the essentials that keep Selwyn thriving. Your rates are working for you 24/7, providing great value for the services that you, your neighbours and communities across the district enjoy.

Find out where your rates go [PDF, 187 KB]

Your rates invoice will include details of your rates contribution for 2020/21. You can check out the details of your rates by clicking on ‘property search’.

Your invoice details the rates assessed for your property for both the Council and Environment Canterbury (we act as agent for the collection of Environment Canterbury rates within Selwyn district).

If you pay by direct debit you will receive information on your new direct debit in a separate letter. If you pay by direct debit, then as long as you have sufficient funds in your bank account to cover 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.

Note: To help Selwyn ratepayers who may be facing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we are offering an extension of time to pay your rates. Find out more or apply for an extension.

The average rates increase for the 2020/21 year is 1.6%, however this will vary for individual properties. 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 at rates@selwyn.govt.nz

Changes this year

The average rates increase for 2020/21 is 1.6%. This is an average across the district, and the actual increase will vary according to different property types and the services provided.

The Annual Plan originally proposed an average 3.5% rate increase, in line with the 2018-2028 Long-Term Plan. However, recognising the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Selwyn’s community and economy, the Council reviewed the level of rates increase for the 2020/21 financial year and sought community feedback on options to reduce this.

Following consultation, the Council confirmed it would proceed with a lower level of rates increase in 2020/21. Through a review of budgets, net savings of approximately $1.7 million were identified, and the Council was able to cut the rates increase from an average of 3.5% to 1.6%. The range of increases will vary from about 1.4% for typical urban residential properties (around $1 a week) up to 3.2% for some larger rural properties.

The main changes to the rates are set out below. Most categories of rate have not changed in 2020/21




Why the change?

General Rate


1.6% increase

To fund the roading programme (increased maintenance expenditure, intersection improvements, cycleways, town centre improvements), the review of the District Plan and the impact of growth on the Council’s costs

Uniform Annual  General Charge



The increase is for the reasons summarised above for the General Rate

Water – base rate



General cost increases

Water – cubic metre charge



General cost increases

Restricted water – per water unit



General cost increases

Water races – amenity



The rate reflects the broader public benefits of the water race network - it helps with biodiversity, is home to some endangered species, is aesthetically pleasing and is part of the district’s rural heritage. The increase is to help cover full cost of maintaining the network

Water races – per hectare



Increase to help cover full cost of maintaining the network

Water races – minimum



Increase to help cover full cost of maintaining the network

Find out more about the Annual Plan 2020/21.

Detailed tables showing rates examples for 2020/21 can be found at pages 115 to 125 of the Annual Plan document [PDF, 3393 KB].

Find out more about rates, including the different types of rates and how you can pay.