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Council's main source of income is from rates levied on rateable land in the council area. Council rates are a local tax levied on the land value of rateable properties, as assessed by the Valuer General.

Council is currently using valuations issued by the Valuer General with a base date 1 July 2016. Approximately 10,744 rate notices will be issued in 2017/2018 with a general rate revenue yield of more than $18.3 million. This total includes the special variation increase of 4.6 per cent and rate pegging percentage of 1.5% which was approved by IPART, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.

Rates are used to provide services, which range from street lighting and road maintenance through to environmental protection and planning.

Council's rating structure currently has four residential, four business, one farmland and two mining categories.

Annual charges are amounts levied on each parcel of land for specific services that are supplied to that parcel of land. For example, water, sewerage and domestic waste management charges.


Council is required to advise ratepayers of the relevant provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 that give Council the power to impose rates and annual charges. The following is a summary of these provisions: 

  • Section 524 Notice of change of category
  • Section 525 Application for change of category
  • Section 526 Appeal against declaration of category
  • Section 556 What land is exempt from all rates?
  • Section 564 Agreement as to periodical payment of rates and charges
  • Section 524 What land is exempt from all rates, other than water supply special rates and sewage special rates?
  • Section 557 What land is exempt from water supply special rates and sewage special rates? Section 562 Payment of rates and annual charges
  • Section 566 Accrual of interest on overdue rates and charges
  • Section 567 Writing off of accrued interest
  • Section 574 Appeal on question of whether land is rateable or subject to a charge


Singleton Council
PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
Ph: 02 6578 7290