Rates are Council's primary source of recurrent income contributing approximately 45% annually.
Rates Revenue Policy (349KB)
Rates are used to provide essential infrastructure and services such as roads, footpaths, parks, sporting fields, playgrounds, swimming pools, community centres, cycleways, public amenities and our library.
Rates are calculated on the basis of the valuations supplied by the Valuer General's Office. The calculation of rates is tied to the land value of your property and the limits placed on councils in setting rates.
When are Rates Due?
Rates paid by property owners in the North Sydney Council area are charged on an annual basis. Rate notices are sent out in July each year and may be paid in full by the due date or in instalments. Instalment notices are sent out on a quarterly basis in October, January and April. Should payment not be received for an instalment by the relevant due date, interest will accrue on a daily basis. If you are having trouble paying your rates for any reason, please discuss this with our Financial Services Department on 9936 8100.
Payment of rates: options for paying your Rates
Rates Incentive Scheme
Congratulations to the five winners of this year’s ratepayers incentive scheme who will each receive a $5000 gift card. The draw took place at the Council Meeting on Monday 19 September 2016. The winners are
- Peter Scot Davis & Dinah Davis of Cremorne
- Wee Kooi Wong of McMahons Point
- Yuko Raimoto of Chatswood
- Nova Scott-Wilson of Warriewood
- Adam Carey Green of North Sydney
New land values are issued every three years. As Council's overall rates income is limited by rate pegging and any approved special variation to rates income, an increase (or decrease) in your land value does not necessarily mean a corresponding increase (or decrease) in your rates.
Categorisation of Land
All rateable land within the North Sydney local government area is categorised as either residential or business. Council decides which category your property should be in based on its dominant use. Most people are charged ordinary rates under the residential category.
Categories are important, because rates differ depending on the category of the land. For example, if your land is categorised as residential you may pay a lower rate per dollar of land value than if your land is categorised as business. In some instances when a property is a mix of residential and business use, a mixed development apportionment factor is applied.
Change of Address
Write to Council advising us of the change: North Sydney Council, PO Box 12, North Sydney NSW 2059, or to change the postal address on your rates notice, please use this form:
Change of Address Details (136KB)
Change of Name
To add or delete a name on the rates notice, you must first change your title deeds with the NSW Land Titles Office.
Rate Pegging and Special Variations
Each year IPART approves a maximum percentage increase in the total income a council can receive from rates. This is called the 'rate-peg'. If a council identifies a program of works that requires funding over and above that of rate peg, they may apply for a 'special variation' to increase general rate income. For more information refer to the IPART website.
The total amount you pay will depend on how your property has been affected by these six factors:
- Rate pegging increases - In 2015/16 Council rates income will increase by 5.5% - residential ratepayers will experience an average increase of $34 compared with 2014/15
- Infrastructure Levy - All rateable properties within the Council area are charged the Infrastructure Levy. In 2012/13 Council was granted an ongoing extension of this levy (ie. it is no longer time-limited). This program was formulated to address backlogs in maintenance of Council infrastructure.
- Environment Levy - All rateable properties within the Council area are charged the Environment Levy. In 2012/13 Council was granted an ongoing extension of this levy from 2013/14 onwards (ie. it is no longer time-limited). Levy funds are used to implement Council's Bushland and Fauna Rehabilitation Plans, Street Tree Strategy, Water Management Plan and Greenhouse Action Plan. Refer here for more information about the 2010-2015 program of works.
- Mainstreet Levies - Two Mainstreet Levies apply in the North Sydney local government area. These levies apply to business ratepayers in the designated areas only - refer to maps below. The Crows Nest Mainstreet Levy was first adopted by Council in 1996/97, while the Neutral Mainstreet Levy was first adopted by Council in 2003/04. In 2012/13 Council was granted an extension of both these levies from 2013/14 onwards (ie. they are no longer time limited). Refer here, or here for more information about each program of works.
- Domestic Waste Management (DWM) Charge - The DWM charge funds Council's waste and recycling service (your red and yellow bins and free clean-up services). The annual DWM charge is $288 (an $8 increase compared with 2014/15).
- Stormwater Management Charge - Effective from 1 July 2014. The charge will be between $5 and $25 per year depending on the category of your property for rating purposes and the type of your property. The charge will be dedicated to stormwater management upgrades and will provide approximately $500,000 in additional funding for the stormwater works program in the first year.