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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 2016-17 Rate Levies.

A new, Emergency Services Property Levy will come into effect on 1 July 2017. For more information, see our Emergency Services Property 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.

Frequently asked questions

I have just purchased a new property, what happens now? 

When your property is sold, your solicitor or conveyancer will lodge a notice of sale with Land and Property Information.

Once registered, Land and Property Information will notify council of the change of ownership. Until this notification is received, council cannot change the ownership of your property. Council will send a letter or notice advising of any outstanding rates when the change of ownership has been processed.

If you are not selling your property, but moving out of it, you are required to submit a change of address form.

When and how do I pay my rates? 

The annual rate notice is issued at the end of July each year. Rates can be paid in full by 31 August, or in quarterly instalments due 31 August, 30 November, 28 February and 31 May. 

You may choose to make regular periodic payments (weekly, fortnightly, monthly, etc.). It is important that when calculating your periodic payments you ensure that each of the four instalments will be paid by the due dates in order to avoid interest accruing against overdue amounts.

Customers who pay by quarterly instalments will receive instalment reminder notices prior to the due date.

Customers who pay their rates in full by 31 August are entered into council’s Early Ratepayers Prize Draw for the opportunity to win some great prizes.

Council offers several options for the payment of rates. The payment options include; credit or debit accounts, cash or cheques and are listed on the back of each rate notice.

Can I view my rates online? 

Yes, council has two methods for electronic notice delivery; BPAY View and email. 

You can register to receive your rates and water accounts through BPAY View by logging on to your internet bank.

To receive your notices via email with the notice attached in Adobe PDF format, click on the link below and follow the prompts. This service is currently available to former Gosford City residents only. 

Register for the Online Notice Service. 

What happens if I can't pay my rates by the due date?

If you are experiencing difficulty paying your rates, please contact council prior to the due date to organise an alternative payment arrangement.

Section 566 of the Local Government Act 1993 provides for the accrual of interest on overdue rates and charges. Interest is calculated on a daily basis and is only charged against the amount overdue.

The interest rate charged on overdue rates and charges is reviewed bi-annually and is displayed on each rate notice.

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