The work of the two councils, Queenstown Lakes District Council and Otago Regional Council, is funded by rates payable by property owners. Rates vary according to the value of the property and what it is used for.
QLDC residential property rates are payable in four instalments, in late September, late November, late February and late May. Payments not received by 5 pm on the due date incur a 10% penalty.
Otago Regional Council rates are due 31 October.