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Fire and Emergency Services Levy

From 1 July 2017, a new Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) will be collected alongside Council rates.

The funds collected from the FESL will be sent to NSW Government to fund emergency services in NSW – Fire & Rescue NSW, the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service.

Previously this funding was raised as a levy on household insurance. The new system means all property owners will contribute to the important work of our emergency services.

Even though Council doesn’t keep any of the FESL money, we were required to classify all properties under the FESL as either Residential, Farmland, Industrial, Commercial, Public Benefit or Government. Additionally we have sub-classified Residential, Industrial, Commercial as either vacant or non-vacant.

A guide to the FESL classifications is available here.

If you don’t agree with the FESL classification of your property you can apply to have it changed by completing the FESL Review Application Form and sending it to us at fesl@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au. Or click here for a printer friendly version.

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the new Fire and Emergency Services Levy for?

  • Why is it changing?

  • Will this change how the fire and state emergency services are funded?

  • How will the new system be fairer?

  • Why does it have to be on my rates?

  • Does Council keep any of the levy?

  • When does it come into effect?

  • How will this affect my rates?

  • How can this new levy be added to my rates? We’ve been told that there is a “rate freeze” for merged councils?

  • Land values in the former Gosford council area are higher than in the former Wyong area. Does this mean the levy in Gosford will be higher? How is this fair?

  • What if I don’t agree with my classification?

  • I am a landlord, can I pass the levy on to my tenants?

  • I am a pensioner, do I get a rebate on the levy?

  • Do I have to pay GST on the levy?

  • Does it apply to every property?

  • What happens if I decide not to pay the new levy?

  • How will this impact the cost of my insurance?

  • How do we know the insurance sector will pass on the saving?

  • How will this change address the issue of underinsurance?

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