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Tweed Shire Council collects rates from residents and businesses to help fund our local infrastructure and services.

Council can levy rates and charges under the Local Government Act 1993. (external link).

All land is subject to rates (there are a few exemptions). Most people are charged rates under the residential category.

Why do I have to pay Council rates?

Rates are Council’s main source of income.

Your rates help provide community services and facilities and go towards local roads, libraries, sports facilities, parks and gardens.

(Funds raised by water, sewer and waste charges are spent on providing and maintaining those services. See Water Billing and Charges )

How are Council rates set?

Council takes the total rate revenue to be collected from all rateable properties, and divides it by the total value of all properties in the Tweed (called the ‘rate in the dollar’).

This ensures Council does not receive more money when property values rise.

The rate in the dollar is then multiplied by the unimproved capital value of each property to ensure each ratepayer contributes a fair share.

Depending on your land value, your rates may be calculated using the minimum rate or the rate in the dollar.

Service charges are added to the total amount you pay (including water and sewerage access charges). Tweed Shire Council includes water and sewerage access charges in your annual rates notice.

Tweed ratepayers are charged separately for water use.

How does my land value affect my rates?

See Land Valuations

Which land category is my property?

The category of your property is shown on your rates notice.

There are four categories of rateable land: residential, farmland, business and mining. (There are currently no properties in the mining category in the Tweed.)

In broad terms, properties are categorised for rating according to their use (or when there is no use, according to zoning).

In the Tweed, if a property is not residential or farmland it will be categorised as business. These categories do not change zoning or create subdivision entitlements.

How are land categories defined?

Land categories are defined by Section 493 of the Local Government Act 1993 NSW:

How do I have my land category reviewed?

At any time a ratepayer can apply to Council to have a land category and sub-category reviewed. Complete one of the following re-categorisation forms:

How can I appeal my land category?

Following a review, you can appeal if you are dissatisfied with either:

  • Council's category of your land
  • the date your land category takes effect

You can appeal to the Land and Environmental Court (external link) within 30 days of a Council declaration of land category (under Section 526 of the Local Government Act 1993).

Change of land use

The ratepayer must notify Council within 30 days when land use (land category) changes for a property.

Rate in the dollar

Council sets the rate in the dollar each financial year. For 2020-2021 these have been set at:

  • Residential 0.4014 cents per $ of land value
  • Business 0.4306 cents per $ of land value
  • Farmland 0.2855 cents per $ of land value

Rates are determined by multiplying the unimproved land value by the rate in the dollar for each category.

Minimum rate

Each year Council sets a minimum rate amount to be levied for rates. This amount is deemed to be a fair and reasonable contribution towards Council services.

For 2020/2021 financial year the minimum rate is set at:

  • Residential $1102.65
  • Business $1212.10
  • Farmland $1102.65

Your rates are calculated by multiplying the rate in the dollar by your unimproved land value. You are charged this amount, or the minimum rate (whichever is greatest).

Rates calculation 2020/2021 - example only

Unimproved land value = LV

Rate in the dollar = RD

Rates (residential) with land value $150,000
Rate in the dollar calculation (LV X RD) $150,000 x 0.004014 = $602.10
Minimum rate for residential = $1102.65
Minimum rate applies = $1102.65

Rates (residential) with land value $250,000
Rate in the dollar calculation (LV X RD) $250,000 x 0.004014 = $1003.50
Minimum rate for residential = $1102.65
Minimum rate applies = $1102.65

Postponed rates

Owners of rateable land can apply to postpone rates in the current or following rating year (or in both years) if the land meets requirements in Section 585 of the Local Government Act 1993 (external link).

Postponed rates attract interest for up to 5 years (there’s a maximum of 5 years for postponed rates).

To discuss postponed rates or to request an application form call 02 6670 2400.

Special rates

See Charges Explained

What land is exempt from rates?

Land exempt from rates includes:
  • churches
  • schools
  • public land
  • hospitals
  • land owned and used by public charities
(see Section 555 of the Local Government Act 1993 (external link) )

You can apply to have your property exempt from rates. For more information call 02 6670 2400.
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