Legal proceedings to recover rates

63 Legal proceedings to recover rates


A local authority may commence proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction to recover as a debt rates unpaid for 4 months after the due date for payment.


In any proceedings under subsection (1), the local authority may recover any other unpaid rates in respect of the same rating unit or separate rating area if the rates became due not earlier than 1 month before the proceedings were commenced.


A court constituted under the District Court Act 2016 has jurisdiction to hear and determine proceedings under this Act for the recovery of rates, whatever the amount of the debt involved.

Compare: 1988 No 97 ss 137, 143(3)

Section 63(2): amended, on 1 July 2021, by section 34 of the Local Government (Rating of Whenua Māori) Amendment Act 2021 (2021 No 12).

Section 63(3): amended, on 1 March 2017, by section 261 of the District Court Act 2016 (2016 No 49).