The rates rebate scheme was first introduced in the 1970s and the numbers eligible had slowly dwindled as the income limits failed to move in line with inflation and benefit rates.

In 2006 the Government announced a substantial update to its Rates Rebate Scheme, increasing the income limit so more people would be eligible.

In the 2017/2018 rating year, rebates were granted to 1,129 Upper Hutt ratepayers.

You might be eligible for a rates rebate if:

  • you are the ratepayer for the property where you reside (subject to certain conditions) or you live in a qualifying Retirement Village
  • you have lived there since at least 1 July 2018
  • your total household income before tax (to 31 March 2018) is low

To apply, collect an application form from the Council or if you have access to the internet, visit the Department of Internal Affairs website using the link in the Resources & Links section.

Completed forms must be signed in front of an authorised witness as detailed on the form and should be returned to Council’s Rates department. Council will forward the application to the Department of Internal Affairs Rates Rebate Team.

When the application is approved, a lump sum payment is made to the rates  account in the amount of the rebate. The next rates invoice after a successful rebate application will display the amount of the rebate received.

Ratepayers can apply anytime during the rating year from 1 July to 2018 to 30 June 2019. You can only apply once during the rating year.

Links to more information including the Department of Internal Affairs website can be found in the Resources and Links section.

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Last updated on 02 Jul 2018