Your Rates and Charges Explained

How rates are calculated

Property values are determined by Landgate (Valuer-General’s Office). The rate in the dollar is set by the Shire of York Council, based on budget requirements.

Rates are calculated by multiplying either the Gross Rental Value (GRV) or Unimproved Value (UV) by the rate in the dollar adopted by Council. Rates are subject to a minimum payment, set each year by Council as part of the Annual Budget.

It is important to note that for the Shire of York, a general (GRV) revaluation was carried out by Landgate for the 2016/17 rating year, with a valuation effective date of 1 July 2016. Valuations for UV properties are reviewed annually.


Rates must be paid in full before an objection is lodged.

  • If a ratepayer believes their property has been incorrectly valued they may lodge an objection with Landgate within 60 days of the issue of the rates notice on which the value under objection has been used to make the assessment.
  • If the valuation is changed as a result of such an objection, the new value will be applied and an interim rate notice will be sent out to the ratepayer, which may or may not involve a refund.
  • Under the Local Government Act 1995 a ratepayer may lodge an objection to the rate record held by the Shire of York which must be lodged with the Shire of York within 42 days of the service of a rates notice.

Interim Rates

During a financial year, the Shire of York may issue additional rates and other charges for various reasons. These reasons include but are not limited to:

  • Completion of a new building/structure.
  • Demolition of a building.
  • Variation of land due to subdivision or amalgamation.
  • Change in property use.
  • New or additional rubbish bin services.

Interim rate charges are given 35 days for payment from the original date of issue. Penalty interest applies after the payment due date has passed.

Emergency Services Levy (ESL)

The ESL is forwarded to the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to fund Western Australia’s fire and emergency services.

The minimum ESL charge for the 2019/20 financial year is $84.00.

Charges for Additional Services

Transfer Station

Section 66 of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act) provides for a local government to impose on rateable land an annual rate for the purpose of providing for the proper performance of all or any of the waste services it provides. Revenue raised from this charge is used to cover running costs of the Shire of York Transfer Station.

Rubbish Collection Service

Section 67 of the WARR Act 2007 provides for a local government to arrange for the proper disposal of waste, by making an annual charge per waste receptacle. In addition, Part 4, Division 2, Section 4.2.2 of the Shire of York Health Local Laws states that “an owner or occupier of premises shall ensure the premises are provided with a receptacle for the depositing of rubbish or refuse”.

Swimming Pool/Spa Inspection

Section 53 of Building Regulations 2012 states that a local government must inspect enclosures of private swimming pools containing water that is more than 300mm deep, at intervals of no more than 4 years. In accordance with the Building Regulations 2012 the Shire of York will impose an annual charge to cover the costs of carrying out inspections.