General Rate Categories
Council has a differential general rating scheme that recognises the diverse demographics of the region. This approach recognises land used for the following purposes:
- Commercial and general industrial
- Primary production
- Heavy industrial
- Special uses
How to tell what category you are in
The category that your land has been placed in appears on the first page of your rate notice. If you don't have your rates notice handy, you can find which category applies in the links to tables below. Alternatively, you can print our Notice of Categorisation of Land.
Commercial and general industrial
See also our Land use code descriptions (PDF 344.6KB) which provides an explanation of the Land Use Codes listed in the categories above.
Appeal against rate category
Ratepayers have the right to an objection against the differential rate category their land is included in. Council’s differential general rate is determined by using the unimproved value provided by the Department of Natural Resources Mines and Energy (DNRM&E), in conjunction with land use codes determined by the Council.
Please be aware – if you wish to move into a primary production category from a non-primary production category (e.g. change from a residential to an Agriculture and farming category) you will need to contact DNRM&E and register as a Primary Producer. If approved, DNRM&E will issue a concessional valuation on the property To be eligible for a Primary Production rate category, a property MUST have a primary producers concessional valuation.
Click here to read more about objecting against rate category.