Local Government Act 1993 No 30
Current version for 14 May 2020 to date (accessed 26 May 2020 at 21:29)
Chapter 15 Part 9 Section 603
603   Certificate as to rates and charges
(1)  A person may apply to the council for a certificate as to the amount (if any) due or payable to the council, by way of rates, charges or otherwise, in respect of a parcel of land.
(2)  The application must be in the approved form and be accompanied by the approved fee.
(3)  The council is to issue a certificate to the applicant stating—
(a)  the rates, charges or other amounts due or payable to the council in respect of the land and when they became due or payable, or that no such rates, charges or other amounts are due or payable, and
(b)  the balance of any special rate waived, under section 565, and the period for which it is waived, and
(c)  the work carried out on the land by the council and the cost that may be recovered from the owner or occupier for the work, or that no such work has been carried out, and
(d)  the name of the person shown in the council’s records at the date of the certificate as the owner of the land, if the person acquired the land under Division 5 of Part 2 of Chapter 17.
(4)  The production of the certificate is taken for all purposes to be conclusive proof in favour of a bona fide purchaser for value of the matters certified.
(5)  For the purposes of this section, rates, charges and other amounts are taken to be due or payable even though the requisite period after service of any notice may not have expired.
(6)  If an unpaid rate, charge or other amount is referred to the Chief Commissioner of State Revenue for debt recovery action under the State Debt Recovery Act 2018
(a)  a reference in this section to the rates, charges or other amounts due or payable to the council includes a reference to an amount payable to the Chief Commissioner under that Act as a consequence of the making of a debt recovery order in respect of the rates, charges or other amounts, and
(b)  the Chief Commissioner must, on request by a council, provide the council with any information about the amount payable to the Chief Commissioner that the council requires to issue a certificate under this section.