Rates Instalments, Penalties and Arrears

This page describes the rates instalments, penalties and arrears charged by Porirua City Council.

Four instalments per year

Porirua City Council’s rates are payable over four instalments during the financial year, which runs from 1 July to 30 June.

Invoices are sent out quarterly. Each invoice is one-quarter of the total year’s rates and will detail amounts to pay and by when and any payments made to date.

Together with the first invoice for the year you will receive a rates assessment notice. This will provide a breakdown of the rates assessed for your rating unit and the total rates payable for the year. You will also receive a separate rates assessment showing the Greater Wellington Regional Council rates.

The payment dates for each instalment are set out below.  Invoices are emailed, or printed and posted one month before due date.


Due and payable

Penalty Date


22 August 2017

23 August 2017


21 November 2017

22 November 2017


20 February 2018

21 February 2018


22 May 2018

23 May 2018

All payments are allocated to the oldest debt first.


There are two types of penalty - an arrears penalty and an instalment penalty.

Rates for the year must be fully paid by 30 June.  A 10% arrears penalty is charged on unpaid rates at the end of the rating year.

Rates paid after the instalment due date will be charged a 10% instalment penalty on the outstanding amount.

However, where rates are paid by regular direct debits and the rates will clear by 30 June, an instalment penalty will not be charged.

Ratepayers may apply in writing for a remission of the instalment penalty once every three years, in accordance with the Council's Rates Remission and Postponement Policy (347KB pdf).


If you experience difficulties in paying your rates please contact us as soon as possible.

We are happy to discuss a payment plan to assist you in getting up-to-date with your arrears.

When a payment of rates is received the monies are applied to the oldest outstanding debt first and not the current instalment. Therefore monies received cannot be applied to the current instalment to stop a penalty being incurred.

If a suitable plan is in place and all payments are honoured as they fall due, Council may waive late payment penalties that would otherwise accrue. Call our Credit Controller on (04) 237 1530 and ask for more details.

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