Remission of penalties

 We know it can be hard to pay your rates sometimes. We want to help you manage this, and so we will consider requests to lift penalties. This is called “remission” or credit. 

How do I apply?

Step 1.Check if you are eligible for a remission of rates penalties.

You may be eligible for penalties to be credited if:

  • You have a good record of payment, have supplied a reasonable reason for requesting a remission and made an honest attempt to pay on time.
  • You are a new owner who has been given insufficient notice of invoice due date
  • A request is made on compassionate grounds
  • You have entered into a Rates Easy Pay agreement and have maintained the arrangement to clear their outstanding rates.

Step 2.Complete an application form

You need to complete a Penalty Remission Application Form(PDF, 168KB).

To complete the form you will need your rate account number, valuation number and the property location. These can be found on your rates invoice.

Step 3.Submit the application form

  • By post to Far North District Council. Private Bag 752, Kaikohe 0440
  • Email a scanned copy of your application (along with any supporting documents) to
  • Visit any of Far North District Council's Service Centres or i-Sites during normal operational hours and you will be able to pick up a form.

Step 4.What happens next?

It will take approximately 20 working days to process your application.

Once we have processed your application, we will write to you to let you know the outcome of your application.