Rates and Charges, Questions and Answers
Information and answers to many of the questions we receive about Rates is detailed below. However if we haven’t covered something, or you would like to speak to someone direct please phone Griffith City Councils Rates Department on
Please note Griffith City Council rates are payable in full or by quarterly instalments with a range of payment options available.
Council provides a wide range of services, which benefit the community. These include managing and maintaining expensive infrastructure such as local roads, the Library, Theatre, sports stadium, sporting grounds, parks, playgrounds and street lighting. Council also provides services such as planning and development assessment, waste collection and economic development. One of the ways in which Council funds these services is through their statutory power to charge Council rates.
In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1993 Council must declare each parcel of rateable land to be within one of the following categories: Residential, Business, Farmland or Mining. Currently Council also has a number of sub categories dependant on the dominant use of the land; i.e. Farmland – Dairyfarmer, Residential – Non Urban, Business – Permit.
When Council is preparing its budget for the new financial year, it considers how much revenue will be generated from rates and charges. Council is limited to a maximum percentage that can be raised from certain rates and charges. This restriction is called rate pegging and it is set by IPART each year.
Some parcels of land are exempt from rates and charges. These include parcels of land within a national park or crown land and land that belongs to, for example, a religious body, school or recognised charity. Unless you meet the exemption criteria in the Local Government Act, you cannot be exempt from paying rates.
If you have made a payment to your rate account and then received your rate notice and the balance indicates the payment has not come off, there could be a few reasons;
Please contact the customer service staff on (02) 6962 8100 immediately after you have checked with your bank if you think your payment has gone astray and provide as much detail as you can with regard to the payment.
The Local Government Act, 1993 is quite specific in how Councils can increase rates and charges and before doing so must consult with the public extensively through public meetings and the annual draft operational delivery plan, which is usually, released around April or May each year. All submissions received by Council from the public regarding the upcoming financial years rates and charges are reported to Council and all submissions considered prior to adopting the plan.
Council Rates and charges are all exempt from the GST in accordance with A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) (Exempt Taxes, Fees and Charges) Determination 2001 (No. 4) Division 81.
Once the contract for sale of a property has taken place, the Solicitor/Conveyancer should request a 603 certificate from Council. This certificate is a notification of all outstanding monies owing on the property i.e. rates, water, kerb & gutter or effluent. At settlement time, the Solicitor/Conveyancer should contact Council and request an update to the 603 certificate as new rates, charges or interest may have been added to the account. Rates arrears not paid at the time of settlement remain the responsibility of the new property owner.
If you are still receiving rate notices for a property you NO longer own – please mark the envelope R.T.S (return to sender) with a date advising “Property Sold – DD/MM/YY”.
Land valuations are supplied by the Valuer General’s Office. All properties within the Griffith area are re-valued every (3) three years. Annual valuations granted by the Valuer General for the purpose of Land Tax cannot be used for the purpose of levying property rates.
Councils do not determine the land value of your property. Land is valued by the Office of NSW Valuer General. These valuations are conducted for Griffith City Council every 3 years and you will receive a valuation notice from them after it is completed.
If your payment has not reached Council by the due date, you will incur interest on you rate account. The interest charge is simple interest calculated daily on the overdue amount. The amount of interest charged is noted on your rate notice and can vary each year. The interest rate is determined each year by IPART and published in the Government Gazette.
Council recognises that some ratepayers may experience financial difficulties in meeting their rate commitments on time. A ratepayer may at any time make arrangements to pay off their outstanding accounts by regular payments, subject to the following guidelines:
Please download the Request for payment arrangement form.
Council can also provide a hardship application for those people in severe financial distress. To discuss the provisions for hardship please contact council staff direct on (02) 6962 8116. Please note the hardship provision is only applicable for the property you reside in, it does not cover vacant land or investment properties.
It is the policy of Griffith City Council to only accept a change of address in writing for the protection of the property owner. Notification can be in the form of a letter, email or application form. If all departments within Council are to reflect the change of address, your intentions must be stated in your notification. The records department will then advise those departments. Otherwise, only the rates and water database will reflect the change of address. Do you want to download a Change of Address Form ?
A change of address will not be accepted if verbally given to Council Officers. It is the responsibility of the owner/ratepayer to ensure the mailing address held by council is correct.
It is the policy of Griffith City Council to only accept a change of name in writing for the protection of the property owner in certain circumstances. Please confirm eligibility with Councils Property Officer on (02) 6962 8167 or via email . Please be advised that this updates your name on Council records only. The certificate of title can be updated through your solicitor or directly with LPI who will inform Council. Land and Property can be contacted on 1300 052 637 or email.
The Local Government Act requires councils to levy an annual charge for providing domestic waste management services to all parcels of rateable land for which the service is available, whether or not it is actually used. The Local Government Act, 1993 allows all property owners to contribute to the current and future provisions of waste services.
For all enquiries regarding your waste service, please contact Customer Service on (02) 6962 8100.
Stormwater is rainwater that flows off land. When it rains, some stormwater is collected from your roof, driveways or paved and landscaped areas. It flows over land, or through the pipes and drains to the existing public stormwater system and into our creeks.
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