Rates FAQ

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Who has to pay rates?

Generally, the owners of land have to pay rates. Occupiers of land may pay rates in exceptional circumstances.They may do so with the written consent of the owners. If someone other than the owner is paying the rates then the council needs to be notified accordingly.

When are rates due?

Rates are paid periodically by a due date or dates set by council. A rates notice is posted to ratepayers, allowing approximately 60 days before payment of the entire amount is due, or, if payments by instalments, at least 30 days before the first payment is due.

The whole of the rates specified in the rates notice are due on 31 August each year. Instalments are due on the following dates:

  • First instalment on or before 31 August
  • Second instalment on or before 31 October
  • Third instalment on or before 28 February
  • Fourth instalment on or before 30 April

The ratepayer is responsible for ensuring that they pay their rates on time. If a ratepayer does not pay the rates on his or her property, Council may commence legal action against the ratepayer to recover the outstanding amount.

Any instalments not paid by the due date will incur a 5% penalty.

What is the Assessed Annual Value (AAV)?

An assessed annual valuation is an assessment of the market value of a property, at a specific date and in accordance with legislation. The Valuer General determines the AAV under the Valuation of Land Act 2001 . It is the gross annual income that, at the time of valuation, the owner of the property might reasonably expect to obtain from letting it to a tenant. The assessed annual value of the land cannot be less than 4 per cent of the capital value of the land.

What is the Capital Value?

It is the expected sum of money that might be realised if the land and any existing dwelling or improvements were offered for sale at a particular time. For instance, on a rates notice, it may show land value as $90,000 and capital value as $240,000. The capital values includes the land value of any buildings on the site.

How can I check my rates balance?

If you wish to check your rates balance, please contact council on 03 6424 0511.

Do I get a discount if I pay my rates early?

No, Devonport City Council does not offer a discount for early payment of rates.

Am I entitled to a Pensioner rate remission?

Under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 , a ratepayer may apply to council for remission of all or part of the rates paid or payable. To be entitled to apply, the Local Government (Rates and Charges Remissions) Act 1991 , requires that a ratepayer must be an eligible pensioner and must occupy the property as his or her principle dwelling on or prior to 1 July of the rating year. To be an eligible pensioner you must have:

  • A Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card, or
  • A Department of Veteran's Affairs Repatriation Health 'Gold Card' which bears the inscription 'War Widow/Widower DVA' or 'TPI', or
  • Health Care Card Holders - Australian Government
  • Possession of an Australian Government Seniors Health Card does not qualify the holder to a rate remission.

Applications for rates remissions must be received by council no later than 31 March of the year in which the rates are calculated.

What if I am experiencing difficulties in paying rates?

A ratepayer who is having difficulty in paying rates should contact council at the earliest opportunity to arrange a payment schedule that is agreeable both to council and the ratepayer. This is essential to avoid council taking legal action to recover the outstanding rates.

A ratepayer may also apply to council to defer the payment of rates on the grounds of hardship. An application has to be in writing and must be lodged with council's General Manager. A council may grant or refuse a deferral application. Any granted deferral may be subject to a condition that the ratepayer pay interest on the amount due.

What if my payment is late?

If a ratepayer does not pay the rates on his or her property council may commence legal action against the ratepayer to recover the outstanding amount. If council takes such legal action, the ratepayer may also be liable for council's legal costs associated with the action.If rates, or anyone's rates installments, are not paid on or before they fall due, the council may impose a penalty not exceeding 10 per cent of the amount owing, and/or charge a daily interest rate determined by council.

What happens if I don't pay my rates?

A ratepayer who is having difficulty in paying rates should contact Council on 03 6424 0511 at the earliest opportunity to arrange a payment schedule that is agreeable both to Council and the ratepayer.

This is essential to avoid Council charging a penalty or taking legal action to recover outstanding rates.  Any installment payment not paid by the due date will incur a 5% penalty.

If rates are not paid for a period exceeding three years, the Council may sell a property or part of a property to recover the unpaid rates.Council can sell it by public auction or by direct sale. If the owner of a property cannot be found, the council may apply to have that property transferred to the Council.