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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.

For Example:

Gross Rental Value (GRV) = $15,600

Rate in the Dollar (GRV) = 0.134045

Annual Rates amount = $15,600 x 0.134045 = $2,091.10

(Minimum rates may apply)


Unimproved Value (UV) = $235,000

Rate in the Dollar (UV) = 0.008859

Annual Rates amount = $235,000 x 0.008859 = $2,081.87

(Minimum rates may apply)

 It is important to note that valuations for UV properties are reviewed annually. The average UV value has increased by 24.3% with an effective date of 1 July 2023. The GRV is calculated every 3 to 6 years and the most recent general GRV revaluation came into effect on 1 July 2022.

Objections and Appeal Provisions

Rates must be paid as assessed, by the due date, irrespective of any objection being lodged.

Rate Record - Subdivision 7 of part 6 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides the grounds of objection to the rate record held by a local government. Am objection must be lodged in writing to the Shire within 42 days of the service of a rates notice. 

Valuations - Your valuation (GRV or UV ) is only one factor used to calculate your rates notice. Part IV of the Valuation of Land Act 1978 details how caluations objections can be made.  Objections to valuations must be lodged to the Valuer- General within 60 days from the issue of a rate notice. For information on how your values are calculated and how to lodge an objection, please visit Landgate's website or call Landgate Customer Service on (08) 9273 7373.

PLEASE NOTE under section 6.81 of the Local Government Act 1995 rates must be paid as assessed, by the due date, irrespective of any objections being lodged. In the event of a successful objection or appeal, the rates will be adjusted and you wil be advised accordingly. Credit balances may be refunded on request. 

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 2023/24 financial year is $98.00.

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.