Rates Enquiries:

For any enquires regarding rates please contact our Rates Team:

Telephone: (08) 9461 3296
Fax: (08) 9461 3069
Email: rates@cityofperth.wa.gov.au
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City of Perth Annual Budget

The City's Annual Budget document is provided for your reference: City of Perth Annual Budget 2017-18.pdf

Rates Instalment due dates

Instalment schedule Issue date Due date for payment
Notice issued Friday, 14 July 2017 Friday, 18 August 2017
2nd instalment Friday, 8 September 2017 Friday, 13 October 2017
3rd instalment Friday, 10 November 2017 Friday, 15 December 2017
4th instalment Friday, 12 January 2018 Friday, 16 February 2018


Objects of Differential Rates

Notice of Intention to Levy

Differential Rates

The City of Perth hereby gives notice of its intention to levy differential general rates for the financial year 2018/19, based on the predominant use for which the rateable land is held or used as follows:

Land Use                                                                        Cents per Dollar

Commercial (including Retail and Hotel)                        5.56344
Office                                                                                    4.55125
Residential                                                                           5.74033
Vacant Land                                                                         6.25865

Minimum Payment                                                             $705

The proposed new rates are set at differential levels that provide, as far as is practically possible, a fair and equitable distribution of the rate burden to each category of land having regard to its demands on the City’s services.

A separate fee is charged for the collection of rubbish as per the approved schedule of fees and charges.

The Emergency Services Levy imposed by the State Government through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services will be raised on the Rate Notice and shown as a separate item.

A document describing the objects of and the reasons for each proposed rate and the minimum payment is available for inspection by electors and ratepayers at the City’s offices, Council House, 27 St Georges Terrace, Perth between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday, the City’s Library at 573 Hay St, Perth between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm, Monday to Friday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Saturday and 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm Sunday and on the website at www.perth.wa.gov.au.

Electors and ratepayers are invited to make submissions in respect of the proposed rates, the minimum payment and any related matter within 21 days from the date of this notice.

For further information please contact the City on 9461-3301 during working hours.


Landgate Valuation Services provides the City with Gross Rental Values (GRV) on a triennial basis. These are now applied for the purpose of Rating effective from 1 July 2018, together with the use of ongoing interim valuations from the same source.

In the current economic conditions, only an increase of Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 0.8% in the Rate in the Dollar for all categories has been applied.

The City of Perth imposes differential rates under the provisions of Section 6.33 of the Local Government Act 1995 on all rateable land within the City according to the predominant purpose for which the land is held or used, as determined by the City. The objects and reasons for the imposition of each differential general rate are:

The residential category covers properties that are used for singular and multi-dwellings. The proposed residential rate is 5.74033 cents per dollar of GRV. The residential rate is set at a relatively low level when compared to other metropolitan authorities to support the City’s aim of encouraging people to reside in the City.

This classification is consolidated with Hotel and Retail and the former Commercial category into one ratepayer class. The category includes wholesalers, warehouses, industrial, entertainment and sporting facilities, hotels, short-stay serviced apartments, hostels, board and lodging accommodation and shops. All these assets have a common factor in being commercial operations with the object of attracting visitors and tourists to the City to contribute to city vitality. The City supports this ratepayer clause to a material extent with marketing and promotional programmes. The City has set a rate for this sector at 5.56344 cents per dollar of GRV.

The majority of properties within the City are used for office accommodation. The GRV of the office sector represents a large percentage of the total rateable values. The proposed rate for this sector is 4.55125 cents per dollar of GRV.

Vacant Land
The rate of 6.25865 cents per dollar of GRV applies to all vacant lands within the district.

Minimum Rate
The City imposes one general minimum rate payment that applies to all rateable properties within the City. The proposed minimum payment will remain at $705 as set in 2017/18. The minimum payment which impacts mainly in the residential category has been maintained at a relatively low level within the metropolitan area to support the City’s strategy of encouraging living in the city.

The City of Perth imposes differential rates under the provisions of Section 6.33 of the Local Government Act 1995 on all rateable land within the City according to the predominant purpose for which the land is held or used, as determined by the City. The objects and reasons for the imposition of each differential general rate are described in the document below.

The City has a minimum rate of $705 across all rating categories.

Differential Rates Explained

Emergency Services Levy (ESL)

The State Government introduced an Emergency Services Levy (ESL) in 2003/04 to fund the services provided by the Department of Fire and Emergencies Services of Western Australia (DFES). Local Councils across the state are required to include the levy on their rates accounts and collect it on behalf of DFES. Enquiries regarding ESL may be directed to DFES on:
Telephone 1300 136 099 or by visiting http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/

2017/18 rate for ESL is 1.3259 cents per dollar of valuation – in DFES’s Category 1 Area. The minimum charge for ESL is $75.  The maximum charge for Residential, Multi Residential and Vacant properties is $395.  The maximum charge for Commercial, Industrial and Miscellaneous is $225,000.

Waste Management Service

The City has a separate waste management charge, to encourage waste minimisation. The charges are recorded separately so that ratepayers can easily identify them. In keeping with the "user pays" principle, those ratepayers who wish to make greater demands on this service will also contribute more to maintain it.

The waste management charges are annual charges for a weekly collection service.

Goods and Services Tax (GST)

GST does not apply to Local Government Rates or ESL. It is applicable to rubbish hire service charges on the Rates notices.

Rates and Ownership Details

The City provides the following rates and ownership details:

Street Order Roll - Paper Copy (*This cannot be purchased for Commercial purposes) Cost $218.50
Property Orders & Requisitions Cost $95.00
Rate Enquiries Cost $44.00

    *Note:  Amendments to the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1996 now restrict the availability of electoral and rate record details to the public.  A person wanting a copy of information of the rate record (street order roll) must now complete a statutory declaration confirming that the information will not be used for commercial puruposes.

    “Commercial purpose” is defined as: to seek to obtain by formal application a public record for the purpose of the sale or resale or the producing of a document containing all or part of the copy, printout or photograph for sale, and/or obtaining of names and addresses from the public record for the purpose of solicitation, and/or monetary gain from the direct or indirect use of the public record.

    Changes to Property Valuations Explained

    Click on this link for detailed information about the 2017 revaluation that was conducted by Landgate Valuation Services.

    Click on this link to have your interim rates explained. 

    Objections and Appeals related to Gross Rental Values

    Landgate’s Valuation Services has conducted a General Valuation of the Gross Rental Values (GRV’s) of properties within the City of Perth.  This is in accordance with the Valuation of Land Act 1978 and is conducted every 3 years.  The new GRV’s are effective from 1 July 2017 and apply to the Rates and Emergency Services Levy.  The volatility in Perth’s rental market over the past few years has caused significant movement in some Gross Rental assessments.  Please note that the GRV’s have been determined on the valuation date of 1 August 2015.  The previous valuation date was 1 August 2012.

    The Valuation of Land Act part IV sets out the manner in which objections and appeals may be instituted in regards to valuations. A property owner may lodge an objection against the valuation of a property within 60 days of the date of issue of a rate notice. Please go to Landgate's website at www.landgate.wa.gov.au or call them direct on (08) 9273 7373. 

    Ratepayers should note that the rates must be paid as assessed, irrespective of when an Objection has been lodged. Any reduction in valuation and therefore rates, as a result of a successful Objection, will be refunded. Objections are not applicable on Instalment notices. Each rate notice details the property land use. If you believe that the land use is incorrectly shown, please advise Council's Rates section.

    If you wish to make a formal objection to the valuation after you have made contact with their office, you can download the form via the following website: http://www0.landgate.wa.gov.au/for-individuals/land-values/lodging-an-objection

    Click here to view the Landgate Revaluation Services Brochure.