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Rates Payments

Payment Options

Please phone staff at the Council offices if you wish discuss these options.

Timaru: 03 687 7200
Geraldine: 03 693 9336
Temuka: 03 687 7591

  • Credit card online
    Visa and Mastercard may be used for payment.
    Payments will incur a credit card fee of 2.0%. This fee will be charged by the bank directly to the credit card holder. There is a minimum fee of $1.
    The timing of your payment is important to avoid penalties.
  • In person at the Timaru, Geraldine or Temuka Council offices.
  • By post to:
    Timaru District Council
    PO Box 522
    Timaru 7940
  • By Direct Debit using the form displayed under "Related Information" on the right of the screen. You can choose to pay monthly, by instalment or annually.
    Annual and Instalment direct debits will be deducted from your bank account on the "Due" date.
    Monthly Direct Debits are deducted on the 20th of each month or the next working day.
    You can cancel a direct debit by contacting Council offices at any time.
    Rate accounts will continue to be sent to you for your information.
  • By Internet Banking. These payments can be made at a frequency to suit you, however, it is important to check your payments are sufficient to clear the required amount by the "Due" date.
    The information required to accompany your internet banking payment is:
    "Code" field your Property ID number and the "Reference" field RT
    Payments can be made to the Council Bank Account 02-0888-0269159-07.
    Solicitors only. When paying a property settlement please pay using the details above to bank account number 02-0888-0269159-00.

Instalment Dates

Rates are due and payable on the following dates:

Instalment Due Date
1 20 September 2017
2 20 December 2017
3 20 March 2018
4 20 June 2018

Ratepayers may elect to pay on a more regular basis if they choose. Rates may be paid using any of the payment methods as outlined above.

The due dates for metered water targeted rates are as follows:

Month Invoice Raised Due Date
July 2017 21 August 2017
August 201720 September 2017
September 2017 20 October 2017
October 2017 20 November 2017
November 201720 December 2017
December 201722 January 2018
January 201820 February 2018
February 201820 March 2018
March 201820 April 2018
April 201821 May 2018
May 201820 June 2018
June 201820 July 2018


A penalty of 10% is added to any portion of each instalment that remains unpaid at the close of the due date, on the following dates:

Instalment Due Date
1 21 September 2017
2 21 December 2017
3 21 March 2018
4 21 June 2018

Any rates outstanding from previous years (including penalties already incurred) which are still unpaid on 21 September 2017 will have a further 10% penalty added on that date, and if any portion is still unpaid on 21 March 2018 a further 10% penalty will be added on that date.

Penalties will not be applied to the metered water targeted rate.

Publish Date: 28 Mar 2014