Council rates paid by schools

As a board of trustees you don't have to pay general rates for your school land to the local council, as the Crown is exempt under the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002.

If your local council asks you to pay rates

You don’t have to pay general (land) rates to the local council; but you may have to pay ‘targeted’ rates for sewerage (wastewater), water and rubbish collection if these are separately charged by the local council.

If your local council is asking you to pay general rates, you can point out section 8(1) of the Local Government (Rating) act 2002, which states that the land described in Part 1 of Schedule 1 is non-rateable.

Section 8(1), Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 — NZ Legislation website (external link)

Schedule 1 of the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 lists the ‘educational establishments’ that this applies to and includes:

  • state schools
  • state-integrated schools
  • private schools and
  • not for profit early childhood education centres.

Schedule 1, Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 — NZ Legislation website (external link)

You still have to pay general rates for teacher and caretaker houses that are on separate land titles and under board management.

Houses for teachers and caretakers

If you have further problems contact your local Ministry of Education office.

Local Ministry offices

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