To pay for the many activities and services it provides, Council charges rates and fees. Property owners in the Southland District pay a yearly rate for services and activities. This is charged on a per property basis.

Fees are charged for particular services that individuals use, such as building inspections, resource consent applications, burials and dog licensing.

Click here to read the latest issue of First Rate [PDF, 19 MB]

Register for Emailed Rates Notices

Council has introduced an option to have your rates invoice emailed rather than posted. If you would like to receive future rates invoices, please click here

Paying Your Rates

Online – the Easy Way to Receive & Pay Your Rates!

It’s easier than ever to pay your rates and get your invoice – register for electronic services by clicking here (external link)

Council can deliver your rates notice straight to your inbox and you can pay by direct debit or via credit card through Council’s secure website, saving you time and hassle.
Find out more

By direct debit

The Southland District Council offers ratepayers the option to pay their rates by weekly and fortnightly direct debit – and you can choose which day to pay.

If you are already on direct debit, you can update your instruction to take advantage of one of the new options, which take effect at the end of July. 

It's easy.

Just download this form [PDF, 235 KB] and return it to:

Rates Department
Southland District Council
PO Box 903
15 Forth Street
Invercargill 9810

or email to rates@southlanddc.govt.nz

Telephone/Internet Banking

Telephone or internet banking gives you another option for paying your rates and are available through most banks. These services allow you to pay your rates whenever it suits and from anywhere in the country.

If paying by telephone banking, please contact Council for details to give to your bank. If paying by internet banking, please note that Southland District Council is a Bill Payee with all New Zealand banks. Please select the option: SOUTHLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL - RATES and enter your billing numbers where indicated. If you have more than one property you must make one payment per property.

Credit Cards (Mastercard or Visa only)

You can use your Visa or Mastercard to pay your rates, either by going into Council offices or filling in the credit card details on the back of the instalment notice and sending it in to Council.

Cheques, Cash & Eftpos

Cheques may be sent or handed in to any Council office. Cash or eftpos will be accepted at the reception counter of any Council office. Payment by cheque must include your billing number.

Automatic Payment

An automatic payment is where you instruct your bank to pay the Council a regular amount. You must include your billing number with these payments as without this Council has no way of knowing which property you are paying rates for and you may be charged penalties. If you have more than one property you must make one payment per property.

This saves you time and money because once it is set up, you don't have to physically pay your rates every three months and the costs of transactions are less.

If paying by automatic payment, please contact Council for an automatic payment form.

Visit you local Council office

If you don’t want to pay online you can also pay your rates in person at any Council office, using cash, eftpos or cheque (cheques may also be posted).

Key rates dates

You may pay your rates in full or by instalments. To avoid penalties at least one quarter of your rates must be paid quarterly by the dates below:

  • 26 August 2016
  • 25 November 2016
  • 24 February 2017
  • 26 May 2017

All outstanding rates after the last day for payment will incur a 10 percent penalty. All rates outstanding at 30 June will incur a further 10 percent penalty.

Rates rebates

Low income earners may be eligible for a rates rebate. Central Government provides funding for rates rebates for low-income home owners.

You may be entitled to one – Find out if you're eligible here (external link)

If you are eligible fill in the below form and bring it into any Council office 
Download an application form [PDF, 396 KB]

If you prefer, you can also apply for a rates rebate through Council, which can also answer any questions you might have.

For more information, contact Council on 0800 732 732 or or email rates@southlanddc.govt.nz.