Rates are levied by councils on homes and businesses. They provide income for essential services and infrastructure. Rates atr exempt from the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Rates can be paid either in full or quarterly.
Paying in full, your rates are due by 31 August each year.
Paying in quarterly instalments, rates are due:
- 1st instalment: 31 August
- 2nd instalment: 30 November
- 3rd instalment: 28 February
- 4th instalment: 31 May
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Rates in the new Council
Inner West Council was formed by the merger of Ashfield,
Leichhardt and Marrickville councils by the NSW State Government on 12
Under the State Government’s rate protection commitment, your rates will remain on the same rate path as your previous council for four years.
You will pay no more for you rates than you would have under your old council until at least 2020.
How rates are calculated
Rates and charges are levied on a financial year basis 1 July to 30
June. The rates notice
is issued in July.
Rates are calculated on land value
multiplied by a 'rate in the dollar'. The Residential rate category also has a 'base amount', along with a 'rate in the dollar', that spreads the burden of the rates across all ratepayers. The land value is provided to
Council by the Valuer General, a State Government authority. Valuer
General land valuations are carried out every three years. For more
information on how properties are valued, visit www.valuergeneral.nsw.gov.au.
The total amount Council can receive from Rates is "pegged"
by the State Government. Each year the Independent Pricing and
Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) sets a maximum % increase in the total Council can receive. The rate peg in 2017/2018 financial year is 1.5%. Councils can also apply for a "Special Rate Variation" above this rate peg to fund special projects.
Categorisation of land
All rateable land within Inner West Council is categorised as either residential or business, based on its dominant use.
Land is categorised as residential if:
- Its use is for residential accommodation (but not as a hotel, motel, guest house, backpacker hostel or nursing home)
- It is vacant land zoned for residential purposes
Land is categorised as business if:
- It cannot be categorised as farmland, residential or mining
- The main land uses in the business category are commercial and industrial
If a property has both Residential and Business use, you can apply to
either Council or the Valuer General for consideration as a mixed
development. If usage of the property changes (e.g. Residential to
Business) you must notify Council within 30 days of any such change.
Other Council charges
Stormwater Management Service Charge
A Stormwater Management Service Charge is charged to all Inner West
Council ratepayers. It is used to fund important stormwater management
initiatives and flood management programs.
The Stormwater Management Service Charge for 2017/18 is as follows:
- Residential (non-strata): $25.00
- Residential (strata): $12.50
- Business: $25.00 per 350m² land area (or part thereof)
Buying or selling a property
The responsibility for the payment of rates always remains with the property owner.
When a property is sold, a Certificate of Outstanding Rates and Charges is purchased from Council as part of the conveyancing process. This certificate shows the account balance for the property for the current financial year. At settlement, a calculation is made to determine both the seller's and purchaser's responsibility for the current year's rates.
Purchaser's responsibility = Total rates for the year ÷ 365 × Number of days remaining in financial year
Change of name
If you have changed your name by Deed Poll or by marriage you must contact the office of the Land and Property Information (LPI) NSW.
The LPI will require a copy of all supporting documentation to
process the alterations to your name. The LPI will alter the title deeds
and notify Council of the change.