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 How to Pay Your Rates

Council's Finance Division administers the rating process. Rates are invoiced quarterly and are normally due in the first week of March, June, September and December. Arrangements can be made for regular (weekly, fortnightly, monthly or quarterly) payments of rates. Penalties are applied for late payments. Policies are in place for remissions and postponements.

Rates may be paid using one of the following methods:

  • Cash
  • Cheque

and can be made at one of the following sites:

  • Tokoroa Office - Torphin Crescent Tokoroa
  • Putaruru Office - Overdale Street Putaruru
  • Tirau Agency - Tirau Information Centre Tirau

Credit Card

At Council offices and through the Pay It portal on this website. (Service fees apply to Credit Card payments)


Cheques may be posted to:

South Waikato District Council
Private Bag 7

Direct Debits

(Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly, Quarterly or Annually)
You may pay your rates automatically from your Bank Account using our Direct Debit Service. This system ensures that you will not need to worry about writing cheques and then mailing them to Council; it also removes the worry of how much to pay and remembering when to pay your rates to avoid penalty. If you wish to pay by direct debit please request an authority form from one of our Customer Service Officers. Weekly and fortnightly Direct Debits operate on Thursdays, Monthly operates on the 7th of each month, Annual on the 7th of September and Quarterly on the 7th or September, December, March and June being the last due date of payment for each rates instalment. Council will automatically adjust payment amounts to ensure rates are paid by the due dates.

Automatic Payments

(Frequencies as determined by your bank)
If you wish to pay by automatic payment please request an authority form from one of our Customer Service Officers. Ratepayers are responsible for ensuring payments are sufficient to cover rates and will need to adjust amounts each year.

Telephone - Internet Banking - Direct Credit

Click here for necessary information regarding setting up or making electronic payments.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the full amount of the instalment is paid by the due date. If you miss a due date a 10% penalty will be applied to the unpaid instalment balance.

The South Waikato District Council is not responsible for Waikato Regional Council rates. These invoices cannot be processed by the local council. Please click here to contact Waikato Regional Council.

Page reviewed: 25 Jul 2018 3:28pm