What your property rates bill consists of
Your property rates bill consists of three parts:
- a Uniform Annual General Charge - UAGC (fixed charge)
- a general rate
- targeted rates.
Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC)
The Uniform Annual General Charge is a fixed charge applied to every separately used or inhabited part (SUIP) of a property.
If you have a home with a granny flat, you will pay two fixed charges. This is because a granny flat is used as a separate residence, or a SUIP.
The general rate is based on:
- your property's capital value
- how you use the property (residential, business, farm, short-term accommodation)
- whether your property's location is urban or rural.
The general rate funds a range of services we provide.
There are several types of properties that we use for calculating the general rate:
- urban residential
- urban business
- rural business
- rural residential
- farm and lifestyle properties
- no road access properties
- zero-rated properties, which includes uninhabited islands and some land used by religious organisations
- urban moderate-occupancy online accommodation provider
- rural moderate-occupancy online accommodation provider
- urban medium-occupancy online accommodation provider
- rural medium-occupancy online accommodation provider.
Targeted rates pay for specific services or projects and can be set generally across all ratepayers or to specific ratepayers in certain areas.
Current targeted rates include:
- natural environment
- water quality, funding towards our stormwater and waterway projects
- accommodation provider targeted rate
- rubbish, recycling, food scraps and inorganic collections
- repayment of financial assistance (for example, the Retrofit Your Home scheme)
- swimming pool
- local or business targeted rates.
Some ratepayers pay more or less in general rates than others with the same value property. We define the categories using location and land use.
Business and residential properties located within the Urban rating area pay higher urban rates while properties located outside the Urban rating area pay lower rural rates.
Some properties in special areas might also need to pay a targeted rate such as:
See Our 10-year budget for how these rates are applied.
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