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Council rates

Land values are one factor councils use to set rates. The Valuer General gives councils new land values at least every three years. 

From 1 July 2017 most councils will use 1 July 2016 land values for rating. 

The Valuer General sends landholders a Notice of Valuation when their council receives new values for rating. The notice gives landholders the opportunity to consider their land value before council uses the value for rating.


Valuation schedule for council rating purposes 



This table applies to all councils in NSW except Muswellbrook Shire Council. Muswellbrook Shire Council received new values for rating as at 1 July 2017. Council will use these values for rating from 1 July 2018. You can find more information about the issue of 1 July 2017 values here.

The regular issue of land values ensures changes in the local property market are reflected in the councils' rates model, helping to ensure fairness and equity for ratepayers.

Land value increases do not necessarily lead to similar increases in rates. Rates depend on each council's rating structure and the limits to increases set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

You can find the valuation schedule for 1 July 2011–2015 here.

How are council rates calculated?

Councils calculate rates in one of three ways:

  • a combination of the land value of the property and a fixed amount per property
  • entirely on the land value of the property
  • entirely on the land value but subject to a minimum amount.

Please contact your council if you would like more information about how it sets your rates. You can find contact details for your council here.

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