Change of details

It is important to keep your contact details up-to-date with Brisbane City Council to receive your rates statements within the discount periods. A rate account and services establishment fee usually applies when the property title changes.

Complete the rates notice email delivery application online form to change your email address or mobile phone number.

Change of postal address

You can change your postal address details for your Council rate account by contacting Council.

Change of name

Marriage or deed poll

Landowners who change their name by marriage or deed poll must supply Council with a copy of the official certificate to change the rates ownership record. You can get a copy of the certificate from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.


Companies who own property and change their registered company name, must supply Council with a copy of the change of name certificate. You can obtain a copy of this certificate from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.


When a property owner dies, Council needs to change the name on the rate account. This change also updates the Queensland Urban Utilities water and sewerage account and any other properties the customer owns. A beneficiary requesting any applicable discounts or remissions on the property needs to reapply.

If you have joint tenancy ownership of a property and your partner dies, Council can remove their name from the rate account upon receipt of the death certificate. This is not the case for 'tenants in common' ownership. Council must receive official notification from the Queensland Government before altering details for tenants in common ownership. This is because ownership doesn't necessarily revert to the surviving partner.

Changing ownership details

The current landowner is responsible for the rates debt.

When you buy and sell properties, rates are adjusted to reflect new ownership.

Council alters its land ownership records after receiving official notification from the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

Council can't accept change of ownership details from the new owner.

Rate account and services establishment fee

Council charges a rate account and service establishment fee when a property transfers ownership. Find out about this fee and when you can apply for an exemption.

Last updated:14 May 2019