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The Rating Valuations Act 1998 obliges councils to maintain the valuation rolls but allows them to choose their valuation service provider. In the Christchurch district, the valuation service provider is Quotable Value Limited, which is a State-owned enterprise.
The Office of the Valuer-General independently audits the process to make sure QV meets strict quality standards.
QV looks at relevant market sales from your area around the time of the revaluation’s effective date (1 August 2019) and uses that information to determine values for similar properties in the area.
Valuers also inspect some properties and take into account Technical Category 1, 2 and 3 land classifications. Where a building has been demolished, only the land value applies.
Christchurch City Council sets most of its rates based on capital values. The Council also invoices rates on behalf of Environment Canterbury (ECan). Most of ECan’s rates are also based on capital value, although some may be based on other information such as land value.
Your rating values are designed to be used for rating purposes only. They are not an estimate of the cost to rebuild a home or building and should not be used for insurance purposes.
If the rating value of your property rises or falls, your rates won’t necessarily go up or down as well. Rating values do not affect the total amount of rates collected by the Council – they are used to work out who pays what portion of the city’s total rates. The important thing is how your property’s capital value has changed relative to other properties in the city.
If your property value has gone up by less than the Christchurch average since 2016, then your rates should go up by less than the Christchurch average, and may even fall.
If your property value has gone up by more than the Christchurch average since 2016, then your rates will probably go up by more than the city-wide average too. Rates bills also include fixed charges that are spread evenly across all properties.
The Council has copies of all survey plans and building consents issued. If changes to your property did not need a building consent or survey plan, this work may not be reflected in your valuation.
You may wish to tell QV about these changes through the objection process.
If you don’t agree with your rating values you can object to them. Also, new work such as renovations that don’t require a building consent may not be included in the new values.
If you feel your property’s new rating value doesn’t reflect your property’s market value, you have the right to object.
You can also:
Objections need to include:
You can ask someone else to make an objection for you.
QV sends a letter confirming receipt and gives you a timeframe for when the objection will be completed. A valuer may contact you to arrange an inspection of your property.
You will then be sent the outcome of your objection in writing. If you still disagree, the Land Valuation Tribunal(external link) can hear your objection. There is a hearing fee. Find more at ratingvalues.co.nz(external link)
If you object to a value that is a component of your valuation, the Council will review that value, and may also review any other value components of the rating unit, i.e. land value, value of improvements or capital value.
Where an objection results in a change to your rating valuation, your rates will be updated accordingly.
Any increase or reduction in rates will be backdated to the date the valuation was adjusted in our database.
If you rebuild your home or carry out major renovations requiring a building consent (e.g. add a bedroom or a garage) your rating value will be revised.
If your work did not require a building consent and you want the value revised you can:
This new valuation will reflect the market value on the date of the last city-wide revaluation (1 August 2019) and will not represent current market value.
If your house is demolished, you will be charged rates on land value only until the house is rebuilt. It can take several weeks for the necessary inspections and file updates to be completed, so it is important you notify us of the demolition as soon as possible.
Any reduction in rates applies to the rating year beginning on 1 July after rating valuation data has been adjusted. We are not permitted to backdate it to the actual date of demolition.
Rates are assessed annually on each property, payable in four instalments.
The due date for each instalment depends on which geographic area your property is in.