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Rates Rebate Scheme


The Rates Rebate Scheme was established in 1973 to provide a subsidy to low-income homeowners on the cost of their rates. The Government is increasing the rates rebate thresholds – more people than ever before will be eligible for the rebate.

The following changes come into effect from 1 July 2006:
  • Maximum rebate increased from $200 to $500
  • Income threshold increased from $7,400 to $20,000
  • Additional income allowance for dependants increased from $156 to $500 per dependant.

    (This means the income threshold for a full rates rebate for the 2006/2007year is $20,000, and is increased by $500 for each dependant in the household.)

    Homeowners can apply for the new rebate from 1 July 2006, for the 06/07 rating year. The old rebate can still be claimed for rates paid in the 05/06 year until 30 June 2006.


    Are you eligible?

    Although a ratepayer’s income might exceed the income threshold a rates rebate could still be available, depending on the rates amount and number of dependants – see our example tables or electronic calculator to see if you could be eligible.


    How to apply

    Ratepayers apply to their local council for a rates rebate. You can print and complete the following application form to apply. However, please wait until you get your 2006 rates bill before you see your council about a rebate.

    *This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.


    When applying for the rates rebate you will need:
  • Your rates notice (including your regional rates notice if billed separately)
  • Information about what your income (before tax) was for the previous tax year
  • Proof of your partner/joint homeowner’s income if he/she lives with you.

    Note: If your name is not on the rates bill you must have a letter from the person whose name is on the rates bill stating what the total rates are, and how much you pay towards them.

    If you are granted a rates rebate the council will reduce your rates by the amount of the rebate, or send you a cash payment if you have already paid your rates.


    Contact us

    If you would like any
    further information please email us at info@ratesrebates.govt.nz or call 04 460 2200.

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    Last updated: 16/06/2006