Rates Payments

Rates & Property

Payment Options

Council has provided multiple different ways for you to pay your rates. Please explore the options below to see which method of payment will best suit you.


You can come to the Timaru District Council, Temuka Service Centre or Geraldine Service Centre to pay your rates in-person.

Credit Card

You can pay your rates via credit card online. Both Visa and Mastercard may be used for payment.
Please note:
The timing of your payment is important to avoid penalties.

Direct Debit

You can easily set up a direct debit to pay your rates using the form displayed under "Related Information" on the right of the screen. You can choose to pay weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or annually.

  • Annual and Quarterly 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.
  • Weekly and Fortnightly direct debits are deducted on a Thursday.

You can cancel a direct debit by contacting Council offices at any time or emailing enquirycs@timdc.govt.nz.
Please note:
Rate accounts will continue to be sent to you for your information.

Internet Banking

You can make your rates payments via internet banking. These can be paid at any frequency to suit you, however, it is important to check your payments are sufficient to clear the required amount by the "Due" date.

Please ensure you put your Property ID number in the "Code" field and RT in the "Reference" field

Payments can be made to the Council Bank Account: 02-0888-0269159-07

Information for Solicitors: When paying a property settlement please pay using the details above to bank account number 02-0888-0269159-00.


If you have any questions about any of the payment methods, please phone the Timaru District Council if you wish to discuss these options with a Customer Services Officer.

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

Instalment Dates

Rates are due and payable on the following dates:

Instalment Due Date
1 20 September 2021
2 20 December 2021
3 21 March 2022
4 20 June 2022

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.


A penalty of 10%, of the instalment remaining unpaid will be added if not paid on or before the instalment due date.  Any rates outstanding from previous years (including penalties already incurred) which are still unpaid on 24 September 2021 will have a further 10% penalty added on that date and if any portion is still unpaid on 25 March 2022 a further 10% penalty will be added on that date.

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

Metered Water Dates

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

Month Invoice Raised Due Date
July 2021 20 August 2021
August 202120 September 2021
September 2021 20 October 2021
October 2021 22 November 2021
November 202120 December 2021
December 2021January 2022
January 2022February 2022
February 2022March 2022
March 202220 April 2022
April 202220 May 2022
May 202221 June 2022
June 202220 July 2022

Last updated: 17 Dec 2021