Rates, fees and charges allow us to fund services. Rates, fees and charges make up about 50 per cent of Council's total income. We administer various laws and regulations to help maintain and improve services and facilities for the community. These services include community services, sporting and recreation services, environmental planning, building regulation, public health, environmental protection and waste collection, treatment and disposal.
Council's 2018-19 rating structure and all other fees and charges collected can be viewed here.
The 2018-19 Schedule of Fees and Charges (including our rating structure) came into effect on Sunday, 1 July 2018 and was prepared following consideration of:
Rates are calculated based on the land value of your property as supplied by the NSW Government Land and Property Information.
The land value of your property does not include the value of your home. If you own a strata title property, the land value of the entire site is divided by the unit entitlement (listed on your strata plan), to ascertain the land value for each unit.
Rate in the dollar is a formula, based on land value and usage, which is reviewed by Council each year.
The 2018 19 rates and annual charges for each type of land and service is:
Rate and Annual Charge
Domestic Waste Management Service Charge
$402.50 per annum for standard service
Stormwater Management Services Charge
Stormwater Management Charge: $12.50 residential strata; $25 non-strata residential property; $25 for every 350 square meters, or part thereof for a non-residential property; $5 business strata or part thereof by entitlement.
Council is responsible for stormwater management within the local government area. Council provides and maintains infrastructure including kerbs, gutters and stormwater pipes.
All rateable properties are levied an annual charge based on the land categorisation. A reduced levy applies to strata titled properties. The annual fees are currently:
The charge will be applied towards stormwater management services including:
Your rates notice includes an annual Domestic Waste Management (DWM) Charge to Council to manage and collect residential waste. This is authorised under Section 496 of the Local Government Act 1993.
This charge funds Council's household recycling service, green waste service, garbage collection and disposal, and bulky household waste service. It includes landfill tipping fees, as well as the NSW Government Section 88 landfill levy which increases each year as part of the NSW Government's strategy to reduce landfill.
Rates can be paid either in full or quarterly.
If you pay in full, your rates are due by 31 August each year.
If you pay quarterly, the Local Government Act 1993 prescribes the following due dates each year:
Note: rates and domestic waste charges are exempt from GST.
Visit our eservices webpage to make payments online.
This 'payments' page can be located from most pages within Council's website. Just go to the Quick Links section of your screen and select the Pay option.
Download Council's Rates Direct Debit Authority Form to apply to pay your rates automatically from your bank account on the due date.
Contact your participating financial institution to make this payment from your cheque or savings account.
Just take your bill to any post office to pay by cash or cheque.
Payments using a credit card may be made by dialing 1300 304 732. A service fee applies (Visa and Mastercard - 1%, AMEX - 1%). Payments may also be made via Council's website.
Present the rate notice to:
EFTPOS facilities are available for debit cards and the following credit cards:
Credit card payments attract a service fee.
You can register to receive your rate notice via email by completing the online request form - simply ask for your rate notice to be emailed to you.
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Rating forms that you may require:
Council provides a rebate of up to $250.00 per year on rates payments to eligible pensioners.
You may be an eligible pensioner for the rebate if:
To be eligible for the $250.00 full year rebate, the date the person becomes an eligible pensioner must be prior to 1 July in any rating year.
New pensioners after 1 July will receive a rebate proportionate to the number of full quarters remaining in the rating year after the day when the person becomes an eligible pensioner (Local Government Act 1993, Section 575).
This is illustrated in the table below:
|Date of pension being granted||Rebate within rating year|
|Before 1 July of rating year||Full rebate|
|Before 1 October||75% rebate|
|Before 1 January||50% rebate|
|Before 1 April||25% rebate|
|Between 1 April and 30 June||No rebate|
When a person ceases to be an eligible pensioner, dies or sells the property, a proportion of the rebate granted for the year is written back as payable.This applies in the same manner as a granted rebate: the write back will equal the number full quarters remaining in the year.
Print and complete the following form:
and lodge one of the following ways:
City of Canada Bay, Locked Bag 1470, Drummoyne, NSW 1470
You will need to provide a copy of both your current rates notice and Pensioner Concession Card.
To be eligible, the details on the concession card must match the property owner on the rates notice.
Council helps our local community to run smoothly. We administer various laws and regulations to help maintain and improve services and facilities for the community. These services include community services, sporting and recreation services, environmental planning, building regulation, public health, environmental protection and waste collection, treatment and disposal. The rates and charges you pay allow us to fund these services.
Each council in NSW is required to determine the combination of rates, charges, fees and pricing policies needed to fund the services it provides to the community. This is called a revenue policy. The revenue policy contains a rating structure that determines which rates and charges you will have to pay and how they will be calculated. Charges are generally determined on either an annual basis or according to usage – or they may be a combination of both.
Councils can choose how they calculate and distribute rates among categories of rateable properties in the council area. In the City of Canada Bay, rates are calculated based on land value, but subject to a minimum amount. The land value is determined by Valuer General of NSW.
In NSW each parcel of land must be included in one of four categories for rating purposes – residential, business, farmland or mining. Council decides which category your property should be in based on its use. In the City of Canada Bay, people are charged rates under the residential or business categories. There is also a Mixed Development rating which allows for a property to receive a combination of residential and business rating categories (providing a form of rating relief - in most cases) due to the property having dual usage. Ratepayers must notify Council of any changes of Land use and may apply to Council for a review of the rating category.
The Local Government Act, 1993 provides for Mixed Development rating. A parcel of land occupied, or used solely as one building comprising a residence and a business, may be considered for Mixed Development rating, if it can be separately occupied for both business and residential purposes.
The Valuer General's Department supplies Council with a Mixed Development Apportionment Factor (MDAF), for land subject to Mixed Development rating. Rates and charges are apportioned according to the MDAF. If, for example, a parcel of mixed development land has an MDAF of 60%, rates and charges would be apportioned as Business 60% and Residential 40%.
Council doesn't determine your land value. Land is valued by Valuer General of NSW. Valuations are carried out approximately every three years and property owners receive a valuation notice after it is done.
If you don’t agree with the land value, you have 60 days to object. For details please contact Valuer General NSW on 1800 110 038 or visit their website valuergeneral.nsw.gov.au. Even if you lodge an objection, you must still pay your rates while your objection is being considered. Whatever the Valuer General decides about your objection, they must advise you in writing. If you are not satisfied with the determination of your objection, you have the right to appeal the decision in the Land and Environment Court of NSW within 60 days. The response sent by the Valuer General will explain the final date for an appeal.
Each year the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) set a limit on the total amount of income that every council can raise from rates. This is called the rate-peg. Council’s rates revenue cannot increase by more than the percentage increase approved by the Minister unless the Minister approves a special rate variation.
Yes. Rate-pegging applies to Council’s overall general income and not to rates on individual properties. Within rate-pegging it is possible for some rates to increase by more than the rate-peg limit while others may increase by less than the rate-peg limit.
This is because a combination of Council’s rating structure and valuation changes determine what happens to rates on an individual property. Rating structures may change from year to year.
No. Charges for waste management, water, sewerage and stormwater are not subject to rate-pegging.
Yes. The Local Government Act requires Council to apply an annual charge for providing domestic waste management services on all parcels of rateable residential categorised land for which the service is available, whether or not it is actually used. In this way, all property owners contribute to the current and future provision of waste services equally.
City of Canada Bay has a range of options to support ratepayers in hardship. These options include flexible payment plans and waiving interest on overdue rates. If you are having difficulty in paying your rates, you should contact Council as soon as possible to discuss your options.
If you are having difficulty in paying your rates, you should contact Council as soon as possible to discuss the options available under Councils Rates and Annual Charges Hardship Policy.
There are some parcels of land that are exempt from rates and charges. These include parcels of land within a national park and land that belongs to, for example, a religious body or school. Unless you meet the exemption criteria outlined in the Local Government Act, you cannot be exempt from paying rates.