We may remit (reduce) property rates where:
- a rating unit is wholly or partly subject to a voluntary legally binding protection agreement that is registered on the title of the land as an open space covenant
- private land has a conservation covenant registered against its certificate of title.
To receive a rates remission, land covenanted under the Reserves Act 1977 must have a council-approved management plan.
We will inspect the conservation area every two years to ensure that it is being maintained to the agreed standard in the management plan.
You or your agent must include a council-approved covenant management plan with your application.
After we approve the initial application, we will continue to apply any remission as long as the rating unit qualifies for a remission under the policy.
A qualifying rating unit will be eligible for a remission (reduction) of 100 per cent of the rates (excluding targeted rates) on the part of the rating unit to which the covenant applies, as long as the conservation area is maintained to the standard agreed in the management plan.
If the conservation area is not maintained to the standard agreed in the management plan, we may reduce the level of the remission, including the complete removal of the remission.
How to apply for this remission