About ORC rates

As one of the region’s ratepayers, your contribution plays a vital role in making Otago a great place to live, work and play.

As your regional council, our role differs from that of a city or district council. We’re responsible for managing Otago’s water, land and air resources on behalf of the community. We also contract passenger transport services, play a role in transport planning, work to reduce the risk of flooding, and lead the planning for and response to natural disasters to help keep people and properties safe.


View rates explainer here


The breakdown of Otago Regional Council's spending this year

Otago Regional Council Spending Breakdown Graph


Rates are divided into general rates, region-wide targeted rates and targeted rates in specific areas.


General Rates

These are rates everyone pays as the activities they fund benefit everyone in the region. General rates are offset by our Port Otago dividend by almost half, and from other investment income.


Targeted Rates

Region-wide Targeted Rates

These are rates that pay for a particular activity or service where the same amount is charged to every property regardless of the capital value. Civil defence and emergency management is an example of an activity funded by a uniform targeted rate.

Targeted Rates in specific areas

These are rates that are targeted to specific ratepayers as they pay for work that benefits only some people or parts of the region.


Where does the money come from?

Our budget and rates are set by our ten-year, long-term plan (which we update every three years) and our annual plan (which is the yearly breakdown based on our long-term plan).

Did you know that less than half of the Otago Regional Council’s funding will come from rates payments?  The rest comes from:

  • Fees & charges, grants
  • Reserves
  • Port Otago dividends, investment interest

You can read our Long-term Plan 2021-31 here.


How Otago Regional Council is paying for the work programme

Otago Regional Council Revenue Breakdown Graph


Rates due date and late payment penalties

The due date for all current year rates is 31 October. If you pay by direct debit, it will be deducted on 28 October - the last business day of the month.

All rates unpaid on 1 November will have a 10% penalty applied.

A further 10% penalty will be applied to all rates from previous financial years unpaid on 1 May 2023. Further penalties will continue to be applied in accordance with Council resolutions.

Make sure your details are up to date. Late arrival of your payment due to incorrect addressing, postal service timing or any other reason is not the responsibility of ORC. You can also choose to receive your rates invoice via email.

Receive your rates invoice via email


ORC may engage appropriate collection agencies to assist in the recovery of overdue rate balances at any time after the due date. Where such action is necessary, costs incurred will be charged to the ratepayer's account.


Changed your address?

Otago Regional Council uses property records held by your district or city council. If you’ve changed your postal address, contact your local council with the new details. They will notify us of the change. Please see below for the contact details for local councils in the Otago region.

Dunedin City Council: (03) 477 4000
Queenstown Lakes District Council: (03) 441 0499 
Clutha District Council: (03) 419 0200
Waitaki District Council: (03) 433 0300
Central Otago District Council: (03) 440 0056


Need help?

Don’t wait until the penalty date before raising inquiries; get in touch because we’re here to help. Be sure to have your rates assessment number handy.

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