Rates

Each year, rates are assessed on the basis of the land value multiplied by the rate in the dollar set by Council for the year.

Rating Categorisation

In accordance with Section 514 of the Local Government Act 1993 (Act), each parcel of land within the Hawkesbury Local Government Area (HLGA) has been categorised for rating purposes and owners are notified in conjunction with their annual rate notice.

Under Section 554 of the Act, all land is rateable unless it is exempt from rating. Sections 555 and 556 of the Act define the categories under which a parcel of land must fall in order to be eligible for exemption from rating. Ratepayers that are eligible under these sections may apply to Council for exemption from rating.

The Act also provides for all rateable properties to be categorised into one of four categories of ordinary rates as follows:

  • Farmland Category
  • Mining Category
  • Residential Category
  • Business Category.

For 2017/2018, Council will levy rates on the following categories and sub-categories.

Farmland Category

This category includes any parcel of rateable land valued as one assessment and the dominant use of the land is for farming. The farming activity must have a significant and substantial commercial purpose or character and must be engaged in for the purpose of profit on a continuous or repetitive basis (whether or not a profit is actually made). Properties which meet these criteria are categorised as 'Farmland'.

Residential Category

This category includes any rateable parcel of land valued as one assessment and the dominant use is for residential accommodation; or if vacant land is zoned or otherwise designated for use for residential purposes under an environmental planning instrument; or is rural residential land.

Rural Residential Sub - Category

For 2017/2018 the rural residential sub-category within the residential category has been removed. All residential properties are now subject to the same base amount and the same rate in the dollar is applied to the land value of the property.

Business Category

This category includes rateable land that cannot be classified as farmland, residential or mining. For 2017/2018 Council resolved that three sub-categories be established within the Business Category.
The sub-categories are as follows:

Business Area 1 – Business rated properties within defined areas in Richmond, Windsor, Vineyard and Mulgrave.

The defined area for Richmond is the area bounded by Lennox Street, Bourke Street, Windsor Street, Hobart Street, Pitt Street, Francis Street, March Street and Castlereagh Road.

The defined area for Windsor is the area bounded by the Railway Line, Rickaby’s Creek, Hawkesbury River, Bridge Street and South Creek.

The defined area for Vineyard and Mulgrave is the area bounded by Windsor Road, South Creek, Railway Road South and Bandon Road.

Business Area 2 – Business rated properties within defined areas in North Richmond and South Windsor.

The defined area for North Richmond is the area bounded by a Radius of 650m from the Centre Point of the intersection of Bells Line of Road, Beaumont Avenue and Grose Vale Road.

The defined area for South Windsor is the area bounded by Macquarie Street, Woods Road, South Creek and the Railway Line.

Business Area Other – All other business rated properties not falling within any of the defined areas in Richmond, Windsor, Vineyard, Mulgrave, North Richmond and South Windsor.

Waste & Recycling

For information on waste and recycling services click here.

Sullage

Council provides a sullage pump-out service to properties that are not serviced by Sydney Water or the Windsor Sewer Scheme and do not have an on-site sewerage management facility. An annual charge is levied for the sullage service.

Sewer

Council provides reticulated sewerage services to the areas of Bligh Park, Clarendon, McGraths Hill, Mulgrave Industrial Area, Pitt Town, South Windsor, South Windsor Industrial Area, Windsor, Windsor Downs and other minor extensions

Stormwater

Property owners who live in our urban areas pay a Stormwater Management Service Charge that contributes to the cost of providing new or additional stormwater services across the local area. For further information click here.

Pensioner Concessions

Rebates on Council rates and charges are available to eligible pensioners. Please contact the rates section on (02) 4560 4610 for information on how to receive any rebates that may apply.

Change of Postal Address

If your current postal address is different from the address shown on the front of your rate notice, please complete a Change of Mailing Address and return it to Council:

Payments

Council offers ratepayers a number of payment options for the payment of rates and charges. The following payment methods are available.

Phone

Call 1300 276 468 to make payments using VISA or MasterCard. A credit card surcharge of 0.8% applies.

You will need to quote the Bpoint biller code and reference number shown on the front of your rate or instalment notice.

Internet

Visit the Rates Payment page to make a payment online using VISA or MasterCard. A credit card surcharge of 0.8% applies.

You will need to quote the reference number shown on the front of your rate or instalment notice.

Mail

Send your cheque made payable to Hawkesbury City Council along with the slip on the bottom of your rate notice to: PO Box 146, Windsor NSW 2756

BPAY

Contact your participating financial institution either by Internet or telephone to make this payment directly from your savings or cheque account.

You will need to quote the biller code and reference number shown on the front of your rate or instalment notice.

POST Billpay

Pay your account with POST Billpay either by phone, internet or in person. You will need to quote the billpay code and reference number shown on the front of your rate notice.

By Internet: POSTbillpay payment site www.postbillpay.com.au

By Phone: Call 13 18 16, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week for payment by credit card(Accepted cards are Visa & Mastercard), or once registered, from your cheque or savings account.

In Person: Present this notice at any Australia Post agency. Payments can be made by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card. (Accepted cards are Visa & Mastercard).

Direct Debit

Have your rates debited from your financial institution. Complete the Direct Debit request form and return it to Council.

In Person

Present your rate notice to the cashier at the Council Offices to make payment by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card. A credit card surcharge of 0.8% applies (Accepted cards are VISA & MasterCard).

Present this notice at any Australia Post agency for payment by cash, cheque, EFTPOS or credit card. A credit card surcharge of 0.8% applies (accepted cards are VISA & MasterCard).

Overdue Payments

If an instalment payment is not paid in full by the due date, interest will be charged on the amount owing. For 2017/2018, the interest charged is 7.5%per annum, calculated daily. If your account is overdue, there is also the risk that recovery action may be instigated. This action would result in additional costs applying to your rate account.

Payment Flexibility

If you are experiencing difficulty in making your payments by the due date, please contact our Recovery Officer on (02) 4560 4610, to discuss the option of an alternative payment arrangement.

For further Rates information, please contact Council Rates Officers on (02) 4560 4610.

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