Rates Notice by Email

You can receive rates notices via email. Compared to paper, it's faster, more reliable and environmentally friendly. Rates notices are emailed for each instalment.

Register here to get your rates by email

Note: if you need to make changes cancel your existing registration and reapply.


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 (paper and electronic). If payment is not received for an instalment by the relevant due date, interest will accrue on a daily basis.

Pay your rates: methods to pay your rates

If you are having trouble paying your rates for any reason, please discuss with our Financial Services Department on 9936 8100.


Section 603 Certificate

How do I find out what is owing to Council when I wish to purchase a property?

A person may apply to the council for a certificate as to the amount (if any) due or payable to the council, by way of rates, charges or otherwise, in respect of a parcel of land.

The application must be in the approved form and be accompanied by the approved fee.

Section 603 Rating Certificate (201KB)

Online form: Section 603 rating certificate



Land Valuations

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 residential or business. Council assesses properties according to dominant use. Most ratepayers are charged ordinary rates under the residential category.

Categories are important, because rates differ depending on the category of the land. For example, land categorised as residential may attract a lower rate per dollar of land value than land categorised as business. When a property is a mix of residential and business use, a Mixed Development Apportionment factor may apply.


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:

Online form: Change of Customer Details


Change of Name

To add or delete a name on the rates notice, you must first change your title deeds with the NSW Land Registry Services.


Rate Pegging and Special Rate 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, it may apply for a Special Rate Variation (SRV) to increase general rate income. For more information refer to the IPART website.


Rates Concession for Pensioners

Pensioner Concession Rates Rebate application form (434KB)


Council Rates

Rates are Council's primary source of recurrent income contributing approximately 60% of own source income.

D5-45 Revenue Policy (912KB)

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 Stanton Library.

Council’s current rating structure is levied annually based on the following factors:

  • The rates category (Residential or Business)
  • The calculation method
  • The land value (Unimproved Capital Value)
  • The allowable annual increase (Rate peg% or Special Rates Variation)

Councils can choose how they calculate and distribute rates among categories of rateable properties in the council area. For each category, rates can be calculated in one of three ways. They can be based on:

  1. Entirely on the land value of the property.
  2. On a combination of the land value of the property, and a fixed amount per property.
  3. Entirely on the land value, but subject to a minimum amount.
  4. (Council must impose a rate per dollar - ad valorem - of land value, with a minimum amount).

North Sydney Council’s rates are calculated using option 3.

Council specifies a minimum amount of a rate to be levied on each parcel of land, the size of any minimum amount must not exceed the relevant permissible limits provided for in the Local Government Act 1993 section 548(3) and clause 126 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 (Regulation). 

The total amount of income that a council can raise from rates and charges is limited by rate peg percentage. The rate peg is determined on an annual basis. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal IPART issues an annual maximum allowable percentage increase. For rating year 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023 Council’s rates income has been increased by an IPART approved Additional Special Variation of 2%.

IPART’s determination caps the total rate income Council can levy in a year. Valuations are then applied within Council’s rating structure to calculate how that total income is apportioned to each rateable property. In years when a general revaluation has been processed there can be considerable differences between individual rate increases. This is usually because properties in different parts of the Local Government Area have been revalued at different rates according to data used by the Valuer General in performing the revaluation. 

North Sydney Council apportions part of the annual total rates revenue to fund infrastructure works.

Rates are levied on the following criteria:

  • Ordinary Rate (General Revenue)
  • Special Rate (Restricted Revenue)


Rates 2022-2023

The following rates are applicable from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.


Ordinary Rate


Minimum / Base Amount


Ad Valorem

cents in the dollar

Residential Properties

$656.88 min


Business Properties

$656.88 min



Special Rate

Infrastructure Levy


Minimum / Base Amount (50%)

Ad Valorem

cents in the dollar

All Rateable Properties

$27.99 base amnt



Environmental Levy


Minimum / Base Amount (50%)

Ad Valorem

cents in the dollar

All Rateable Properties

$31.41 base amnt



Crows Nest Mainstreet Levy


Minimum / Base Amount (30%)

Ad Valorem

cents in the dollar

Business Properties

$120 base amnt



Neutral Bay Mainstreet Levy


Minimum / Base Amount (30%)

Ad Valorem

cents in the dollar

Business Properties

$133.33 base amnt




Questions about Rates not covered above?

Submit your question regarding your rates through the following online form

Rates Enquiries