Remission of Penalties
Kāpiti Coast District Council may remit a late payment penalty where it considers that it is fair and equitable to do so, upon receipt of a written application from the ratepayer.
Postponement of rates due to extreme financial hardship
Council may postpone all or some of the Kāpiti Coast District Council rates where the ratepayer has applied in writing and can demonstrate that full payment of the rates will cause them extreme financial hardship. The ratepayer must furnish an independent report from an appropriate Budgeting Service confirming the extent of their financial hardship.
Rates remission for those facing extreme financial hardship
Council may remit up to $300 of rates for residential properties or $150 for license to occupy properties within a retirement village where ratepayers are facing either long term or temporary financial difficulty. Assistance may be available to those ratepayers who are paying more than 5% of their net household income on the Kāpiti Coast District Council rates after any Government Rate Rebate has been taken into account.
Remission and postponement of rates on Maori freehold land
Council may grant an application for a remission or postponement on all or some of the Kāpiti Coast District Council rates levied on Maori freehold land where the relevant criteria is met.
Remission for Council Community Properties, Sporting, Recreation and Other Community Organisations
Council will remit fifty percent of the Kāpiti Coast District Council rates (excluding water and sewerage where relief is provided by lower targeted rates) on those properties owned by the Council which are used exclusively or principally for community purposes, sporting recreation, or land which is owned and occupied by a charitable organisation and used exclusively or principally for sporting, recreation or other community purposes.
Optional Rates Postponement
Council may postpone all or some of the Kāpiti Coast District Council rates for the ratepayer's sole or principal place of residence. At least one ratepayer should be aged 65 years or older,although exceptions may be considered. The Councill will add to the postponed rates all financial and administrative costs.
Remission for Sporting, Recreation and Other Community Organisations which lease private property for a period of one year or longer
Council will remit fifty percent of the Kāpiti Coast District Council rates (excluding water and sewerage where relief is provided by lower targeted rates) on those properties leased by a charitable organisation for at least one year, which is used exclusively or principally for sporting, recreation or other community purposes.
Remissions for land protected for natural or cultural conservation purposes
The Council may grant a remission of part of the Kāpiti Coast District Council rates to land protected for natural or cultural conservation purposes. Applications must be in writing and provide documentary evidence of the protected status of the rating unit.
Postponement for farmland located in the Urban part of the District
Council will postpone part of the Kāpiti Coast District Council rates for actively farmed farmland in the urban area which meets the following criteria. The ratepayer must apply in writing before the start of the financial year, (30 June), where the rating unit is an economic farming unit of ten hectares or more, is actively farmed and is also the primary source of income for the property owner or the farming business.
Rates Relief for Residential Rating Units Contacting two separately Habitable Units
Council may grant a remission of part of the rates where a rating unit contains two habitable units, where the second unit has a floor area of 50 square metres or less. Where (A) the second unit is used only for family or friends or where (B) the second unit is rented out for less than one month each year.
Under the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002, Kāpiti Coast District Council may write off part or all of the rates subject to certain criteria being met.