How and when to pay your rates

The rating year started on 1 July 2021 and runs through 30 June 2022. The  next rates instalment will be sent out in early October and due on 31 October.

Rates instalment due 31 August
At Alert Level 3 & 4, Council offices are closed so we are unable to take cash payments over the counter. We do have various other methods of payment available, including direct debit, bank-to-bank transfer, and credit card—see options below.
These are difficult times we know, if you feel that you will have trouble paying your rates for any reason at this time, please contact us now so we can assist you.

The annual rates are divided into five instalments. You can search for the annual rates on any property using the rates property search.

An invoice is sent for each instalment. The instalments are sent during the first week of the month in which the instalment is due except for the third instalment which is sent the first week of December but not due until 15 January.

Instalment Invoice sent Invoice due
One August 31 August
Two October 31 October
Three December 15 January
Four February 28 February
Five April 30 April


Ways to pay

You can pay property rates in a few different ways. Click on the tabs below for detailed information on each method of payment.

Direct debit

Direct Debit (DD)

Direct Debit is Council's preferred method of payment. 

Direct Debit application

  • Direct Debits can be set up using the online form on our website - click the big pink button above to go to that form.
  • Direct Debit payments are offered weekly, fortnightly, monthly or every time an invoice is due. 
  • Council charges nothing extra to pay by Direct Debit
  • Direct Debits are run every work day to offer maximum flexibility
  • If your selected payment date ever falls on a day when Council is closed, your payment will be requested on the next normal business day.

For the amount of the weekly, fortnightly or monthly direct debits, you can either leave the amount on the form blank or contact the rates office to figure the payments for you.  If you leave the amount blank, we will provide the correct amount when we confirm the direct debit back to you.  

If you would prefer not to set up the direct debit online, please get in touch to have a form sent to you by email or post.

To cancel a Direct Debit authority, please contact the rates office.


You can reach the rates office by email or call us on 04-527-2169.


**Please note:  Only one Direct Debit can be in place on an account at any time. If you already have a Direct Debit in place, submitting a new one will cause the original authority to be cancelled and replaced with the new authority.

Pay online

Pay online with our Payment Portal

Pay through our online portal

With our online payment portal you can pay your rates from a bank account or a credit card.  There is a 1.4% convenience fee on credit card payments.

When paying online please be sure to clear the balance on each invoice in full by the due date to avoid penalties.  You will need the valuation number from your invoice when making a payment via the payment portal.  The valuation number is displayed in the upper right hand corner of your invoice.

Pay online directly through your bank using their online banking portal

You can pay your rates using the online bill payment provided by your bank.  If you choose to pay online through your bank, your bank statement acts as the receipt for your payment. 

  • When paying online through your bank, please remember to clear the invoice in full by the due date to avoid penalties.  
  • Please use the six digit "property number" shown on your invoice as the reference on your payment.  The property number is displayed on the right side of the invoice in the big white circle.
  • Council banks with ANZ.  Our account number is 01-0771-0018890-03.  When paying from overseas, you will also need the SWIFT code ANZBNZ22


In person

In person

Please note this option is not available during COVID-19 Alert Level 4. 

You can pay in person Monday to Friday at the following locations:

Upper Hutt City Council
838-842 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt during open hours.

Greater Wellington Regional Council
100 Cuba Street, Wellington - 8am to 4pm

Greater Wellington Regional Council
35-37 Chapel Street, Masterton - 8am to 4:30pm

Please remember to bring your account with you. You can pay using:

  • Cash

*Credit cards can be used for payment at Upper Hutt City Council offices, but there is a 1.4% convenience fee.


Telephone banking is a good option for those who do not have access to electronic banking options.

Please contact your bank to set this up.

Your rates invoice includes all the details you and your bank will need, so please have it handy when contacting them.