The Enliven Places rates incentive was developed to encourage property owners in the central city and suburban centres to support temporary use of vacant land or buildings with short to medium term projects.

Imagination Station - temporary use of interior space

The rates incentive can credit up to a maximum of $5,000 in a 12-month period to the rates account for the property.

This credit will apply only to the Council component of the rates and is proportional based on the area used for the project. 

This credit cannot be exchanged for cash and is credited to the account in arrears and in quarterly instalments.

Eligible temporary projects include those supported by the Enliven Places Projects Fund.

How to apply

Submit a Life in Vacant Spaces (LiVS) idea

Once approved, you will be notified and your rate account will be credited with the amount approved. 

Life in Vacant Spaces hold standard agreements for both site owners and site users and can simplify matching projects to sites. To contact them email info@livs.org.nz.