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Calculating rates

Rates are worked out using a system that is based on land use and can be made up of a number different charges. 

This includes:

  • general rates
  • uniform annual general charge
  • targeted rates

Use the property search to find out the rating information for any property.

See the detailed list of current rates charges.

Uniform annual general charge (UAGC)

This is a fixed charge applied to each separately used or inhabited part (SUIP) of a property, irrespective of the value of a property. It’s used to pay for general council services. The purpose of a UAGC is to ensure that all property owners or ratepayers provide a minimum contribution to fund services that benefit the city.

Separately used or inhabited parts (SUIP)

A separately used or inhabited part (SUIP) is a part of a rating unit that can be used as a home or a place of business. Most of our homes, say 2 bedrooms + a kitchen + a bathroom + a lounge, represent one SUIP. When homes or commercial buildings can be used separately by several users (e.g. couples, families or businesses) through e.g. a tenancy, lease or licence, or any other agreement, then you have a case of multiple SUIPs. 

Ratepayers need to pay the uniform annual general charge for each SUIP in their rating unit. 

The following are examples of what could be considered as multiple SUIPs, and would be charged as such on your rates bill: 

  • Single dwelling with flat attached
  • Two or more houses, flats or apartments on one Certificate of Title
  • Business premise with flat above
  • Commercial building leased, or sub-leased, to multiple tenants
  • Farm or horticultural property with more than one dwelling
  • Council property with more than one lessee
  • Individually surveyed lots of vacant land on one Certificate of Title offered for sale separately or in groups
  • Where part of a Rating Unit that has the right of exclusive occupation when more than one ratepayer/owner

For a residential property to be classified as having an additional SUIP it must have separate cooking facilities, living facilities and toilet/bathroom facilities. If the separate part is internal to the main building (under the same roof) it must also have separate external access.

General rate

This variable rate is charged on the capital value of a property. General rates are paid by all ratepayers and they pay for the services provided by the Council that are not funded through a targeted rate. 

Both the UAGC and the general rate are used fund services such as:

  • arts and heritage
  • emergency management
  • libraries
  • parks and recreation
  • city centre revitalisation
  • solid waste and storm water
  • city planning
  • animal services
  • community development
  • city events.

Targeted rates

Other than wastewater and water, targeted rates are mostly based on the capital value of your property and are generally measured in the thousandth of a cent per dollar of property value.


Residential properties connected to Council wastewater pay a uniform annual charge for one toilet per occupancy. Commercial properties and other non-domestic properties connected to Council wastewater pay a uniform annual charge for each toilet or urinal. Properties with wastewater available (within 100m of wastewater lines) but not connected will pay an availability charge.


This is a fixed charge based on the size of the metered water supply connection and a volumetric charge based on the number of cubic metres of water used.

Glass collection

A fixed charge of $37 per residential rating unit for the fortnightly collection of glass, for recycling. Service began in October 2018.


A targeted rate to fund resilience investigations – to understand what infrastructure we need to invest in to keep our city, communities and economy resilient to rising sea and groundwater levels, storm surge and significant events like storms and earthquakes. 

The Lakes, Papamoa Coast and Excelsa

All properties in these subdivisions are charged this targeted rate as they have significantly increased level of service costs as a result of wider roads, more gardens, reserves and streetlights etc.

Economic development

Only commercial properties are charged and the income funds economic development through Priority One and Tourism Bay of Plenty.


Only commercial properties are charged and income funds the Tauranga, Mount, Papamoa and Greerton Village Mainstreet organisations.

Regional Council rates

We collect rates on behalf of Bay of Plenty Regional Council – that’s why you’ll find both in your rates invoice. When you pay your rates invoice, including when you set up for direct debit, you’re paying for both your Tauranga City and your Regional Council rates. It’s less admin for you, and saves time and money on payment processing at our end. 

Last Reviewed: 30/07/2020

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