Rates Payments

Rates & Property

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.
    The timing of your payment is important to avoid penalties.
  • In person at the Timaru, Geraldine or Temuka Council offices.
  • 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 21 September 2020
2 21 December 2020
3 22 March 2021
4 21 June 2021

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% 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 24 September 2020
2 24 December 2020
3 25 March 2020
4 24 June 2020

Any rates outstanding from previous years (including penalties already incurred) which are still unpaid on 21 September 2019 will have a further 10% penalty added on that date, and if any portion is still unpaid on 21 March 2020 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 2020 20 August 2020
August 202021 September 2020
September 2020 20 October 2020
October 2020 20 November 2020
November 202021 December 2020
December 202020 January 2021
January 202122 February 2021
February 202122 March 2021
March 202120 April 2021
April 202120 May 2021
May 202121 June 2021
June 202120 July 2021

Last updated: 19 Jul 2021