Calculating Your Rates

The City calculates your rates based on the following calculation: 

Rate  x  Valuation  +  Additional Charges  =  Amount Due

Differential Rates
Rates Category  Minimum Rates $ Cents in the $ (Dollar)
Gross Rental Value Areas:    
 Residential 890 8.5499
 Commercial/Industrial 1420 9.8247
 Heavy Industry 1710 16.1131
Unimproved Value Areas:    
 UV General 890 0.37146
 UV Commercial 890 0.55950
 Farmland 890 0.28801
Specified Area Rate:      
Midland Drainage N/A 0.6578 cents per dollar of GRV
Hazelmere/Guildford Drainage  N/A 0.6657 cents per dollar of GRV
Hazelmere Industrial Area Infrastructure - GRV


3.896277 cents per dollar of GRV

Hazelmere Industrial Area Infrastructure - UV  N/A 0.107720 cents per dollar of UV


The amount you pay in rates each year depends on the basis of valuation applied to the property. This valuation is determined by the Valuer General's Office, a separate organisation to the City of Swan.

The basis of valuation is either Gross Rental Value (GRV) or Unimproved Valuation (UV). For non rural properties, the Gross Rental Value (GRV) is used and for rural properties, the Unimproved Value (UV) is used. The GRV is an estimate of the rent a property could earn in a year. The UV refers to the site value of the property. GRVs are reassessed every three years with 2020/21 being a revaluation year. It is to be noted that the GRV revaluations are based on the property market as at August 1, 2018. UVs are reassessed every year.

Based on valuation, rates are calculated and an Annual Rate Notice is generated and mailed to you. You'll usually receive your Notice in July of each year. More detailed information about property valuations is available from Landgate.

You can also find out more about Gross Rental Value (GRV) and Unimproved Value (UV) by viewing informative videos on the Landgate website

Additional Charges

Additional charges may include rubbish service fees, security and drainage fees. Find out more about additional charges.

Minimum payment

  • As per section 6.35 of the Local Government Act 1995 Council is able to set a minimum amount payable for properties in its district, which is greater than the general rate which would otherwise be payable on that land.
  • View the minimum payments for 2021/22 in the main table. 

Contacting Rates

To contact Rates directly please send your email enquiry to, or contact us by phone on 08 9267 9267 (Monday - Friday, 8am to 5pm).