Rates and payments

Rate accounts for the Brisbane City Council area are issued quarterly. Find out how you can pay your rates, how they are calculated, and what discounts and remissions are available to you.

You can also read a summary of the differences for rates, levies, discounts and remissions as a result of the 2017-18 budget.


Receive your rates notice by email

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Pay a bill, fine or infringement

You can pay bills such as rates, permit renewals, animal registration, accounts, parking fines and sundry accounts online. You can also set up recurring credit card payments for your bills.

Rates payment

Pay your Council rates online, or find out about other payment options. You can also authorise someone to transact on your rate account on your behalf.

How rates are calculated

Find out how rates are calculated, including information about rating categories, each of the rate charges, land valuations and averaging.

Change of details

Update your details on your rate account. Includes change of name, postal address and change of ownership details.

Credit and debit card surcharge

Paying rates by credit and debit cards incurs a surcharge. This applies to MasterCard and Visa, including BPAY from credit accounts.

Discounts, remissions and exemptions

Discounts, remissions and exemptions on rate accounts include pensioner, owner-occupier, bushland preservation remissions and not-for-profit general rate remissions.

Rates relief

If you are having difficulty paying your rates, there are options available from Council and the Independent Rates Relief Tribunal.

Rates account and service establishment fee

Council charges a rate account and services establishment fee when a property transfers ownership. Includes information on our policy and exemptions.

Community Title Scheme - parity factor

Information about the parity factor applied to Community Title Scheme (CTS) properties. The parity factor is used to apply a loading to the general rates.