How rates are calculated

General rates are calculated based on land valuations and rating categories. Other charges may also appear on your rate account, including levies and Waste Utility Charges.

Land valuations

Land valuation is based on site value. Site value is the market value of the land in its present state. It includes the value of any improvements made to the land including filling, clearing, levelling and drainage works. The site value does not include structural improvements such as houses, sheds and other buildings.

Objections

If you disagree with your new valuation and you have evidence that it is incorrect, you can lodge an objection with the Department of Natural Resources. It must be lodged within 60 days of the issue date of the new valuation.

Averaging

Brisbane City Council averages your property's past three land valuations to determine the average rateable valuation. Your property's current valuation will be used to calculate rates if it's less than your average rateable valuation.

If your property was subdivided or re-surveyed, you may not have three past land valuations. In this case, an averaging factor is applied to the current land valuation to calculate your rates.

Rating categories

Council calculates a rate charge by multiplying your property's average rateable value by a dollar rate. The dollar rate used depends on your property's rating category, which is based on its main land use.

From 1 July 2021, there are 80 rating categories. An overview of Council's rating categories can be found in our Rating Category Statement 2021-22 (PDF - 38kb).

To object to your property's rating category, you can lodge an objection within 30 days of your rate account issue date. Rating category objections should be sent to customerservices@brisbane.qld.gov.au 

Or:
Brisbane City Council
GPO Box 1434
Brisbane Qld 4001.

Council's Annual Plan and Budget 2021-22 has more information on how rates are calculated. Search the Resolution of Rates and Charges document to find more information about:

  • averaging valuations
  • defining rating categories
  • general rates
  • special rate areas and levies
  • Environmental Management and Compliance Levy, and
  • Waste Utility Charges.

Other charges

Water and sewerage charges will be shown on a separate water and sewerage account issued by Urban Utilities.

Council charges a Rate Account and Services Establishment Fee when a property transfers ownership. 

General rates

General rates include services such as:

  • roads, bridges, kerbing and channelling and parks and gardens
  • immunisation
  • libraries and community activities
  • free trees
  • pest eradication.

The charge is calculated by multiplying the average rateable valuation by the budget's dollar rate. There is a different minimum annual charge for all properties (except land use 72).

Special rates

Brisbane's special rates areas include:

  • two malls  
  • six suburban centre improvement projects
  • one living village development levy.

There are levies for both domestic and non-domestic use.

Environmental Management and Compliance Levy

This charge covers the protection of waterways from toxins, trash, sediment, effluent discharge and landfill gas control. The charge also includes remediation of landfills to meet Council's obligations under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

Bushland Preservation Levy

The Bushland Preservation Levy covers city bushland purchase and protection, including public access facilities. The levy is payable by all properties that are charged general rates, except those covered by a Voluntary Conservation Agreement or a Land for Wildlife Agreement. Those properties are offered a Bushland Preservation Rebate.

Waste Utility Charge

This charge covers rubbish collection and disposal costs for wheelie bins, footpath rubbish bins, kerbside collections and disposal facilities management.

The annual fee depends on the service provided. The minimum charge is for one wheelie bin. You are charged for each additional service.

As a result of the introduction of the Queensland Government’s Waste Levy, an additional Commercial Waste Utility Charge will apply to properties in commercial rating categories. The charge is $15 per quarter for each Waste Utility Charge or Extra Waste Utility Charge.

Emergency Management Levy

Local governments are required to collect this levy for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES).

The levy ensures there is a sustainable funding base to address a wide range of emergencies including floods, cyclones, storms, fire and accidents.

For more information, visit the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website

Rural Fire Service Levy

This is a Council levy. Brookfield Bush Fire Brigade, Pine Mountain Rural Fire Brigade and Moreton Island Rural Fire Brigade charge ratepayers for fire services.

More information

The following policies give an overview of Council’s rates rebates:

The following policy details how we manage overdue rates:

Last updated: 1 July 2021