Your Rates Questions Answered

1. How are my rates calculated?

  • As per the Valuation of Land Act 1978 there are two basis of valuations
    • Gross Rental Valuation (GRV), and
    • Unimproved Valuation.
  • Rates are calculated by multiplying either the Gross Rental Value (GRV) or Unimproved Value (UV) assigned to the property by the differential rate in the dollar set by the Council, subject to a minimum payment.

2. Terminology of GRV

  • The Gross Rental Value (GRV) means the gross rental that the land might reasonably be expected to realise if let on a tenancy from year to year upon condition that the landlord were liable for all rates, taxes and other charges thereon and the insurance and other outgoings necessary to maintain the value of the land.
  • The Valuer General has revalued all GRV properties. The GRV applied is based on a date of valuation being August 1, 2015.
  • The size of the dwelling (i.e. one storey or two), location of the property, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, a pool, and the age of the house are factors that will affect the Gross Rental Value applied to the property by the Valuer General.

3. Unimproved Value (UV)

Where the land is predominately used for rural purposes and a livelihood is derived from the land, the land is assessed on the value of the site without improvements. UV properties are revalued every year. The Minister for Local Government determines whether GRV or UV is appropriate. Valuations are carried out by the Valuer General’s Office of Landgate.

The Valuer General’s Office provides the City with values for all properties within the City of Swan, either the GRV or UV depending on predominant land usage. This value is then multiplied by either the GRV or UV rate in the dollar determined by council to calculate rates for each individual property.

4. Unimproved Value (UV) Review

The City will be undertaking a review of the method of valuation applied to properties within its district. Find out more about the Unimproved Value (UV) Review.

5. Objection against the Basis of Valuation applied to my property

  • If you believe your valuation is incorrect you may lodge an objection with the Valuer Generals Office.
  • The objection must be lodged within 60 days after the issue of a rate notice (where the valuation is used as the basis for calculation of the rate), or notification of the making of the valuation in the Government Gazette.
  • An objection can be made by letter or by filling out the Objection to Valuation form and sending to: The Valuer General, PO Box 2222, Midland WA 6936.

6. Objections and Reviews

Objections to the Rate Book must be made in writing to the City within 42 days of the date of issue of the Rate Notice. The grounds on which objections may be made are outlined in the Local Government Act 1995, Section 6.76. The ratepayer should note that the rates must be paid as assessed irrespective of whether an objection has been lodged. Any reduction in rates as a result of a successful objection will be credited. 

7. Farmland Differential Rating Category

The City of Swan offers farmland differential rating category which relates to land where the predominant purpose for which it is held or used is farmland.

The Farmland differential rate applies to all properties carrying on farming activities in line with the City's Farmland Guidelines. It is intended that this differential rate will foster and encourage farming and horticultural activities and is limited to food production.

If you think your property may be eligible, please complete the farmland rating category application(DOCX, 144KB) within 42 days of the Rate notice issue date.

For more information please read the Farmland Guidelines(DOCX, 18KB) or contact Rating Services on (08) 9267 9160.

8. Minimum payment charges

  • 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 2018/19.

9. Instalment Charges

  • As per section 6.45 of the Local Government Act 1995 the City offers the option of payment of Rates and Charges by four instalments (total Rates and Charges has to be greater than $200.00).
  • This attracts an interest charge of 5%

Late payment penalty interest

  • As per the Local Government Act 1995 Council is able to charge penalty interest on late payments.
  • The City charges penalty interest (currently 5.00 % p.a) on outstanding rates and applicable charges. ESL late payment penalty interest rate remains at 11% per annum. 

10. Alternative Payment Methods

  • If you cannot pay by one of the payment methods shown on the Annual Rate Notice 1) Payment in full or 2) four instalment option, Council is able to offer other payment options.
  • The City can offer either a set weekly or fortnightly Direct Debit. Use the online form or alternatively contact the Rates Department on 9267 9160 to organise.

  • The City charges penalty interest (currently 5.00% p.a.) on outstanding rates and applicable charges. ESL late payment penalty interest rate remains at 11%.

11. Midland and Guildford Drainage Specified Area Rate

  • The Water Corporation does not perform drainage works, or levy a drainage rate, in the Midland, Guildford, South Guildford, Woodbridge and parts of Viveash and Hazelmere.
  • The City is responsible for construction and maintenance of drainage infrastructure within this area, and the total cost to carry out these works over a number of years is estimated at $25 million.
  • This Specified Area Rate is shown separately on your Rate Notice.
  • The calculation method for the Specified Area Rate is the same as the calculation of your Rates 'GRV multiplied by the rate in the dollar'. 
  • The rate in the dollar for Midland Drainage is $0.005943 and $0.006024 for Hazelmere/Guildford Drainage for 2018/19. 

12. Hazelmere Industrial Area Infrastructure Specified Area Rate

  • From 1 July 2015, Council introduced two (2) Specified Area Rates "GRV Hazelmere Industrial Area Infrastructure and UV Hazelmere Industrial Area Infrastructure" based on the basis of valuation applied to the property, either GRV or UV.
  • The City is responsible for construction and maintenance of the roads, footpaths and drainage infrastructure in the current and future industrial areas in Hazelmere.
  • The total cost to carry out these numbers of works over a number of years is estimated at $69 million.
  • This Specified Area Rate is shown separately on your rate notice.
  • The calculation method for the Specified Area Rate is the same as the calculation of your rates - GRV or UV multiplied by the rate in the dollar.
  • The rate in the dollar for 2018/19 for GRV rated properties is $0.03366740.
  • The rate in the dollar for 2018/19 for UV rated properties is $0.00105755.

13. Security Service Charge 

The service charge for security services will not be required for 2018/19. The Community Security Patrols in Ellenbrook and The Vines from 30 June 2018 have been discontinued for a one year trial period.

14. Swimming Pool Inspection Fee

The annual fee per swimming pool/spa barrier inspection is $36.00.

State Government Legislation requires the City to physically inspect the safety barriers for all private swimming pools and spas to ensure compliance with safety standards. The fee charged to property owners is to cover this requirement. If your pool/spa is removed, please advise the City in writing to ensure this charge is cancelled.

For further information on the Licence Inspection process please contact the City on 9267 9267.