Rates are levied as a tax on all property in compliance with the statutory provisions of the Local Government Act 2002. Rates are calculated on the valuation for each individual property.

The amount of rates required is set when the Council determines its budget.

Rates provide the funding required to complete the Council's work (outlined in the Council's Annual Plan and Long Term Plan, including the day-to-day Council operations and specific projects, such as cemeteries, community boards, drainage, economic development, parks and reserves, refuse collection roading, sewage treatment, street lighting, swimming pools, water etc.

Rates dates

The dates for the 2013-2014 rating year:

  • August 30, 2013
  • November 29 2013
  • February 28, 2014
  • May 30, 2014

Other Rates 

In addition to the rates charged by Invercargill City Council, Environment Southland also rates properties in the Invercargill district. Property owners will receive separate, independent rates notices and invoices from the two councils. Check the Environment Southland website (the rates page will open in a new window) for information about its rates and rating policy for environmental services such as animals, pests, noxious plants, infections and diseases, etc. 

Withholding information

The Council's rating database accessible by the public at the Council offices but not on this website includes basic information about a  property including its rateable value and the ratepayer's names and postal address. Ratepayers have the right to request that the Council withholds their information from the public database. Such requests must be in writing: a print-and-post form is available for download  or a copy of the form may be picked up from the Council's offices in Esk Street. 


Additional information about rates