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Your rates help to ensure the Tweed is a great place to live, work and play.

Council collects rates to fund local infrastructure and services. See How your rates are spent

All Councils must levy rates each year on all rateable land under the Local Government Act 1993 No 30 (chapter 15).

When are my rates due?

Council calculates rates each year. You can choose to pay the full amount in one payment, or you can make four smaller payments during the year (quarterly).

2020-2021 payment dates

Payment in full 31 August 2020
Payment by instalments
First instalment 31 August 2020
Second instalment 30 November 2020
Third instalment 28 February 2021
Fourth instalment 31 May 2021

(or the next working day if these fall on a weekend)

Notices are mailed out 30 days before payment is due. Go paperless and receive your notices sooner (email is faster than the posties).

Your rates notice explained

Click the numbers to learn about your rates bill.

Example of rates notice - Section 1
Example of rates notice - Section 2
Example of rates notice - Section 3
Example of rates notice - Section 4
Example of rates notice - Section 5
Example of rates notice - Section 6 Example of rates notice - Section 7

Section 1

Extract of rates notice

Date of issue

The date Council issued your rates.

Valuation base date

The date the land was valued. For information visit or to discuss your land value call 1800 110 038.

Rating category

Land within the Tweed is categorised as either ‘Residential’, ‘Business’, ‘Farmland’ or ‘Mining’. This determines the rate you are charged.


Section 2

Extract of rates notice

Property identifier

A unique property number to identify your rates account. Please quote when making enquiries about your rates or water account.

Total amount due

Amount due, if paying in full.

Due date

This applies to either the full rate amount or the first instalment amount (see 3).


Section 3

Instalment dates and amounts

The dates and amounts due if paying by quarterly instalments. Council will send reminder Instalment Notices for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th instalments 30 days before they fall due.

Extract of rates notice


Section 4

A list of rates and service charges payable on your property.

Extract of rates notice

General rate

Calculated by multiplying your land value by the rate set by Council. If your rate calculation is less than the minimum rate you will be charged the minimum rate.


Section 5

Extract of rates notice

Deduct payments since

The date on which information for your rate notice was extracted from Council’s database, any transaction after that date will not show on this notice.


Section 6

Payment options

Some of the ways you can pay your rates. See the back page of your rates notice for the full list of payment methods.

Extract of rates notice


Section 7

I need a receipt

Tick this box if you pay by cheque directly to Council and require a receipt.

Extract of rates notice


Rates notice or water notice?

Your rates notice is different to your water notice. Tweed ratepayers receive a quarterly water and sewerage notice.

See Water Billing and Charges and Water Arrangement Application

Can Council change the name on my rates notice?

No. Names on rate notices are drawn from the property title deed. Land title records are managed by NSW Land Registry Services. Council is notified if the name on a title deed changes, and our records are updated.

603 certificate

A 603 certificate is often required during the sale of a property.

It shows if there are any outstanding Council fees, rates or charges for a property (Lot and DP).

See Buying or selling a property

Watch the video for more information (4 mins)