All customer-facing sites including service centres, libraries, the Mueum@TeAhu and i-SITES are open.Customers must wear a mask, sign in and follow social distancing guidelines when accessing Council services and venues during Alert Level 2. All playgrounds, public toilets and parks are open. The Hokianga Ferry operates as usual.
The Council charges rates and fees to pay for the activities and services it provides. You can read about these in our Long Term and Annual Plans. Rates are set annually by Council resolution and are charged each financial year (1 July to 30 June). The different types of rates are described below.
A 10% penalty will be added to any amount of the current instalment remaining unpaid after the due date.
20 August 2021
20 November 2021
20 February 2022
20 May 2022
General rates are charged on all rateable properties and are used to fund general activities. Several components determine what the general rates are.
Targeted rates are charged to the properties/owners who are in the 'area of benefit' for a particular service or activity. Types of targeted rates are shown below.
We collect rates on behalf of the Northland Regional Council and these are detailed on your rates notices. These rates are set by Northland Regional Council.
Property valuations are done every three years. After you receive your new property revaluation you will have a limited time to make an objection to your land or capital value. Visit our property valuations page to find out the latest information.
Council updates the Rating Information Database in May each year with estimated rates for individual properties for the next rating year beginning 1 July. Rates are confirmed and the database is updated again in July.
If you believe your rates are incorrect you can contact Council explaining why and we will review your case. If we have undercharged you, legislation does not enable us to backdate charges. If we have overcharged rates on a property, legislation allows us to correct the error in the current year, and up to five years prior.
The Far North District has a small rating base relative to its area. It has one of the longest roading networks in the country and many small communities without a large commercial centre to fund the needs of the District.
If these options are not available to you and you need help, contact us on 0800 920 029 and ask to speak with our debt management team, to discuss an arrangement to pay all outstanding property rates.
Yes. Please complete the Authority to Act(PDF, 119KB) on behalf and return it to us either by post or email.
We require a Notice of Sale to be sent to Far North District Council's property department from your lawyer, in order to update our database.
Once the titles have been issued by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), and subsequent notification received by Council, the separate valuations will be rated from the next rating year beginning 1 July.