How We Calculate Your Rates

Rates are a primary source of income for council. The Ordinary Rate payable on a property is determined by the category of the land, the valuation of the land and the Base Rate and Ad Valorum rate adopted by council.

Categorisation of land

Your property is categorized for a rating purpose according to its primary use. Those categories are:

  • Residential
  • Business
  • Farmland
  • Mining

Council may also create sub-categories to improve the equity of its rates structure. The category/sub category for your property is identified on your annual Rates and Charges Notice.

If you think that the category applied to your property is incorrect, you can request a review of your category by Council. The Change in category of land for rating purposes form should be submitted to council to request this review.

Rates are mainly calculated based on the value of the land as determined by the Valuer General.

Land Valuation

Valuations are reviewed every three years by the Valuer General.

See the Valuer Generals 2020 Newsletter(PDF, 72KB) for information on land valuation.

Any objections to the land value determined by the Valuer General should be referred to Land and Property NSW on 1800 110 038.

Late payments and interest charges

If your quarterly payment is not paid in full by the due date, interest will be charged on the amount owing.