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


Payment options Change billing addressRebates for pensionersAccess your rates notices onlineDomestic Waste Management ChargeFire and Emergency Services Levy


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 May 2016.

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.


Your Say Inner West website
The community engagement hub where you can get involved in important projects that shape the future of the Inner West.





Follow the links below to find contact details and services in your area: