The Honiara City Council charges a Property Rate (tax) on land in Honiara to fund crucial Council services for Honiara City.
How to pay your Property Rates (Tax)
Under the law all property owners must pay a Property Rate to the Honiara City Council on the Unimproved Value of land in Honiara.
The Property Officer will issue Property Rate Notice on the amount to be paid every year. All property owners are to make payments to Honiara City Council Cashier annually at the Finance Division, who will issue an official receipt.
The 2014 Rate set at Residential 0.37%, Commercial and Industrial 0.50% of the Unimproved Value of land in Honiara.
Who pays for Property Rates (Tax)
All property owners of rateable land in Honiara are liable to pay the Property Rates (Tax).
The Property Rate Notice will specify the amount and the date when the payment is due. Payment is due over four quarters of the year.
A penalty of 5% will be charged on the amounts not paid on or before the specified time of each quarters.
The Council shall charge, in addition to the rates and penalties, interest at 10% per annum from the date on which the installment was payable.
How the Property Rates (Tax) are calculated
Property Rates (Tax) is calculated by the Unimproved Value of your rateable land. For example on an annual calculation:
Unimproved Value: $479,000.00 x Residential percentage 0.37% = Annual Rate Cost $1,772.00
Commercial and Industrial Property
Unimproved Value: $1,647,000.00 x Commercial and Industrial 0.50% = Annual Rate Cost $8,235.00.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do we have to pay both Ministry of Lands and City Council?
If you own property inside the Honiara City Boundary, you must pay a Property Rate to the City Council, in addition to the Rent to the Ministry of Lands.
The Property Rate is to fund crucial Council services such as waste collection, Honiara market, Council clinics, youth and sport programmes, and Council schools.