Councils raise much of their funding through rates, investments, fees and charges. Central government also provides some funding or subsidies towards particular activities, mainly roading.
As the amounts of revenue that councils raise are significant, all councils must adopt policies on revenue and financing, liability managements, investment, development contributions, partnerships with the private sector, and remissions or postponement of rates on Māori land.
In terms of Fees and Charges many councils charge users for some council services such as swimming at council pools. These are usually referred to as user charges. Councils can also fix reasonable charges for a range of regulatory services, such as issuing permits and licences, undertaking inspections (such as building inspections) and issuing parking infringement notices.
If you would like more information about council's fees and charges please contact our Customer Services team using our normal general enquires form.
Please note that Council is currently reviewing Fees and Charges as part of the Review for the Long Term Plan 2018-2028. For more information on this please refer to the Consultation page.
SWDC has organised the Fees and Charges below according to subject. Please click on the appropriate link to see what the Fees and Charges are for that subject.
The fees and charges in the pages below apply from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, and are shown as GST inclusive (at 15% GST).