Rates Explained

Rates are calculated by multiplying a rate in the dollar by your property valuation, subject to the minimum payment.  Your valuation is supplied by the WA State Government department Landgate.

Council sets the rate in the dollar as part of each year’s budget process. It is based on the City’s expenditure requirements, both operating and capital, offset by other forms of income such as government grants and fees for service.

In addition to the rates amount, your notice will include other charges such as the State Government's Emergency Service Levy, refuse collection and the waste facilities maintenance rate.

If you have any queries regarding the charges on your rate notice, please contact our Rates Department on (08) 6820 3100.

For a breakdown of the rates for 2019/2020 download our Rates Flyer!

2019/2020 City of Albany Rates Information Flyer

How is the valuation calculated?

Your property will be rated as one of two rating methods:

Unimproved Value (UV) is used for primary producers whose main source of income is derived from the land, with activities such as farming and horticulture. This valuation is based on the unimproved capital value of the land.

Gross Rental Value (GRV) is used for all other properties. Improved property valuations are based on a gross annual rental that the land might reasonably expect to realise if let on a tenancy, including outgoings such as rates and other property expenses. Many factors are taken into consideration when assessing the valuation, such as location, age of the premises and size of the improvements (ie how many bedrooms, bathrooms, living areas and floor space of commercial properties). As most commercial rentals are negotiated net of outgoings, these need to be added to the net rental and if rental payments are subject to GST, they are included in the GRV. If the land is vacant and has a residential zoning, the valuation will be 3 per cent of the capital land value. Vacant land that is not zoned residential (eg industrial or rural) will be valued at 5 percent of the capital land value.

Landgate revalues GRV rated properties every four years and UV rated properties every year.

For further information on valuations, visit the Landgate website - Rating & Taxing information.

What if I disagree with the valuation for my property?

Under the Valuation of Land Act, you have the right to object to the value that is used to determine your rates. Objections must be lodged within 60 days of the date of issue of the rates notice. Rates must be paid even if an objection has been lodged, but are subject to adjustment if the objection is successful.

Before formally lodging an objection, please phone Landgate on (08) 9273 7373 to discuss your concerns or visit their website for further information.

Objection forms can be obtained from the City of Albany or downloaded from the Landgate website - Lodging an Objection.

What is the Emergency Services Levy?

The Emergency Services Levy was established by the State Government in 2003 to support emergency services such as the State Emergency Service and volunteer fire and rescue services. It is collected by the City on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and based on your property valuation. Properties outside the area serviced by the Albany Fire Brigade pay the minimum fee. For further information, visit the DFES - ESL website.

What is the refuse charge and what service is provided?

The City of Albany provides rubbish, recycling and green waste collection services to all residential properties within the urban collection area. This service is paid for via the domestic refuse charge on your rates notice.

Additional bin collections are available for residential properties at a cost. Requests must be made in writing to the City’s Rates Department and there is an additional fee.

Properties in the non-collection area that have a dwelling are given a rural tip pass with 52 tokens.

The City of Albany does not collect refuse from commercial properties.

What is the Waste Facilities Maintenance Rate?

The purpose of this rate is to provide funding for waste management into the future. In particular, it is for the establishment of new waste facilities and rehabilitation of the old sites. All properties within the City of Albany pay this rate and the money is held in the Waste Management Reserve Fund.

What is the rates minimum payment?

Council sets a rates minimum payment amount to ensure that all ratepayers contribute an equitable amount for City services.

If the calculation of valuation multiplied by the rate in the dollar is less than the minimum amount, then the minimum will be applied.  If the valuation multiplied by the rate in the dollar is more than the minimum, then the higher amount is payable.

How are my rates spent?

Your rates contribute towards the upkeep and maintenance of the City’s infrastructure, including roads, paths, parks, playgrounds, beaches and sports grounds and pavilions.  We also provide many services such as the leisure and aquatic centre, library, Vancouver Art Centre, airport, ranger services and comprehensive arts and events programs.

Property Changes

I have moved house, how do I notify a change of address?

Property owners have an obligation to ensure that the City has the correct address details for service of rate notices.

If you have changed address, notification can be done by:

Writing to PO Box 484, Albany DC WA 6331

Emailing rates@albany.wa.gov.au

Contacting a Rates Officer by phoning (08) 6820 3100

Downloading, completing and returning our Change of Address form

Change of Address Form

I have sold or purchased a property, what do I need to do with the City?

If you are selling or buying a property, you should confirm with your settlement agent or solicitor that they will advise the City of the new owner’s contact information, date of sale and do the rates adjustments.

If you are now the owner of a property and have not used a settlement agent or solicitor, you should provide a copy of the Certificate of Title and your new mailing address to our Rates Department so that our records can be updated.

What happens to my rates if I build a new house or shed or subdivide my property?

When there are changes to your property that will affect your valuation, the City receives a new valuation and effective date from Landgate. The City will then issue an amended (interim) rate notice. Generally new valuations are received 3-4 months after the building or subdivision completion.

Examples of where your valuation will be amended include:

  • A new dwelling or shed
  • Dwelling alterations or additional rooms have been constructed
  • A building has been demolished
  • Your property has been subdivided or amalgamated