About Council


Council rates maintain, improve and provide services and facilities for ratepayers, residents and visitors to the local area.

What types of rates does Gosford City Council levy?

There are three types of rates levied by council: ordinary rates, special rates, and charges.

For information on each of council's fees and charges see our Rates and Charges Fact Sheet

See a list of the 201​7-18 Rate Levies

​The ​introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) ​has been deferred by the NSW State Government. For more information, or to see what this means for you or your business, ​visit the Fire and Emergency Services Levy page. 

Land value 

The land value is determined by the NSW Valuer General. A general revaluation is conducted every three years and the valuations are provided to council for rating purposes. Supplementary valuations are provided to council when a change in land valuation occurs outside of a general revaluation.

Information about land values can be found on the NSW Land and Property Information website or by contacting the NSW Valuer General's Office on 1800 110 038.

Rates Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I find out how much I have to pay before I receive my rates notice?

  • What is rate pegging?

  • Can Council increase its income by more than the rate peg?

  • I have received a new valuation for my property. How will this affect my rates?

  • Why will my rates increase by more than the 1.5% rate peg in 2017-18?

  • How can my rates increase when we’ve been told that there is a “rate freeze” for merged councils?

  • Has Council’s income increased because of the revaluation?

  • What if I don’t agree with my new valuation?

  • If I request a review of my valuation do I still need to pay my rates?

  • If my value is changed will Council adjust my rates?

  • How often are land values reviewed?

  • If my new value is dated 1 July 2016 why didn’t Council use it to calculate this year’s (2016-17) rates?

  • What are the rating categories?

  • What if I don’t agree with my rating category?

  • What do I get for my rates?

  • What exactly is Council spending our rates on next year and in the years after that?

  • How can I have a say about how much rates I pay and how Council spends the income from rates, annual charges, user fees & charges and grants?

  • How much is my pensioner rebate?

  • I can’t pay my rates, how can Council assist me?

  • Are there penalties for late payment of rates?

  • Are my other service charges going up as well?

  • Do I have to pay a domestic waste management charge if I am not using this service?

  • How do I get a copy of my rates notice?

  • Is anyone exempt from paying rates?

  • Can I view my rates online?

  • When and how do I pay my rates?

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