NSW Government’s Fire and Emergency Service Levy

The Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) will be introduced on the 1 July 2017 by the NSW State Government to fund the operating costs of the fire and emergency services provided by Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service and NSW State Emergency Service.

The FESL will be included on your next rate notice which you will receive in July 2017. The FESL will be included as a separate, easily identifiable item on the rate notice and will be paid the same way as you pay your rates, with the option of paying annually or quarterly. The NSW Government has instructed Council to collect the FESL on their behalf.

The new FESL will replace the existing Emergency Service Levy (ESL) which is currently paid on insurance policies.

The FESL is calculated by the NSW Government.

The first step they use in their calculation is to determine whether your property is classified as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial, vacant or public benefit.

Based on your property’s classification the FESL is calculated in two parts –

  • Fixed charge
  • A variable charge – this is calculated on your properties ‘unimproved land value’ that is determined by the NSW Valuer General.

Council will notify all landowners of their property classification during April 2017 in conjunction with their instalment notice or by a standalone notice. Discounts will be available for eligible pensioners.

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