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Remission and postponement policies

Remission and postponement policies

Updated 13 October 2021 3:57pm

A brief description of our rating policies

Remission of penalties

We may remit a penalty wherewe consider that it is fair and equitable to do so, upon receipt of an application from a ratepayer.

Rates postponement

We will postpone regional council rates where:

  • a ratepayer has applied in writing and
  • can demonstrate they are experiencing extreme financial circumstances which affects their ability to pay rates and
  • the ratepayer has had rates postponed in part or full by a territorial authority in the greater Wellington region.

If granted, the annual rates will be postponed for a period of one year. The postponement must be reapplied for annually.

Remission of rates in special circumstances

Greater Wellington Regional Council may remit some or all of the regional council rates in special circumstances where it considers it just and equitable to do so. Applications need to be made in writing and contain supporting information.

Download the application form.

Remission and postponement of rates on Māori freehold land

We may grant an application for a remission or postponement on all or some of the rates on Māori freehold land provided that the land is the subject of a Māori Land Court order stating that the rating unit is Māori freehold land. These applications must be made in writing and be received by Council prior to the commencement of the rating year.