Property rates

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.

Due dates for rates instalments2023/2024

A 10% penalty will be added to any amount of the current instalment remaining unpaid after the due date.


Due date


20 August 2023


20 November 2023


20 February 2024


20 May 2024










Common questions and answers

What is my rates balance?

Here are two options for you to find out how much you need to pay.

  1. You can create a request to find out your balance and when it is due, and we will let you know. Make sure you include your contact details.
  2. If you are a registered online user, you can log in and view your rates information
    If you are not a registered online user, you can sign up to become one on this page.

What am I getting for my rates dollar?


What are General Rates?

General rates are charged on all rateable properties and are used to fund general activities. Several components determine what the general rates are.

  • Land value.
  • Land usage (general, commercial).
  • Units of Use (fixed amount per separately used or inhabited part of the property (SUIP).


What are Targeted Rates?

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.


  • Sewerage
  • Water
  • Stormwater


  • Bay of Islands Recreation Centre rate
  • Hupara Road Sealing rate
  • Kaitāia Business District rate
  • Paihia Central Business District rate


Why are Northland Regional Council rates included?

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.

What are the rates, due dates and penalties for 2023-24?

During the 29 June 2023 Council meeting, the Far North District Council adopted rates, due dates and penalties for 2023-2024. Click on the PDF link to read the meeting minutes and rates for 2023-24.


Rate instalment dates
 Due date   Penalty date  
One  21 Aug 2023  28 Aug 2023
 Two  20 Nov 2023  27 Nov 2023
 Three  20 Feb 2024  27 Feb 2024
 Four  20 May 2024  27 May 2024

How often are property valuations done?

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.

How can I find out what my rates will be next year?

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.

I think my rates are incorrect. What can I do?

If you believe your rates are incorrect you can contact the council explaining why and we will review your case. If we have undercharged you, legislation prevents us from backdating 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.

Why are our rates higher than other districts?

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 do not have a large commercial centre to fund the needs of the district.

I cannot afford my rates. What are my options?

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.

Can somebody else be authorised to act on my behalf?

Yes. Please complete the Authority to Act(PDF, 119KB) on behalf and return it to us either by post or email.

Why is a change of ownership not shown in the rating database?

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.

I have subdivided my property. When will I be rated for separate titles?

Once the titles have been issued by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), and subsequent notification received by the council, the separate valuations will be rated from the next rating year beginning 1 July.