Each year Council collects rates to fund the community infrastructure and services that make the Northern Beaches such a special place to live.

Your rates notice may also include charges for Domestic Waste and Stormwater Management Services.

See our budget highlights and summary of spending areas and view our interactive map to see what is planned for your area.

Read more about Council's activities and projects in our annual Delivery and Operational Plan.

Factors involved in the calculation of your rates

Rates may vary from year to year based on a combination of annual maximum increases approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) rate pegging and special rate variations (SRV) and/or changes to land values as supplied to Council by the NSW Valuer General

The rate peg increase allowed by IPART relates to general income in total and not to an individual ratepayers’ rates. Individual rates are also affected by other factors such as land valuations by the NSW Valuer General. As such, rates for individual ratepayers may vary by more or less than the percentage allowable, depending on how an individual ratepayers’ land valuation has changed in a particular year compared to the land values of other ratepayers.

Land valuation

Rates for Northern Beaches Council properties have been assessed using land values issued by the NSW Valuer General having a date of 1 July 2019. 

For rates purposes, land valuations are calculated every 3 years by the NSW Valuer General. The total rates pool isn’t affected by the revaluation, but individual property rates can be affected to a small or large extent because of disproportionate value changes across large and disparate areas. The next land revaluation is due to take effect on Council’s rating structure on 1 July 2023.

Rates due date

Rates are levied each year for the period of 1 July to 30 June. You will receive an annual rates notice and then instalment notices four times a year, unless you pay for the year by the first due date – 31 August.

Rates payments are due by 31 August, 30 November, 28 February and 31 May.

Rates harmonisation

We are required by the NSW Government to harmonise the rating structures of the former Manly, Pittwater and Warringah Councils by 1 July 2021.

Harmonisation provides a consistent, fair and equitable approach to rates collection, ensuring those with the same land value within each category or sub-category pay the same for the same level of Council service.

Overall Council will not be collecting any more revenue through this process, just ensuring it is collected more equitably across the Council area.

We are also harmonising our pensioner concession policies, stormwater charges and refining our hardship policy.

Financial hardship

Council has a policy to provide assistance for ratepayers experiencing genuine financial hardship.

You may be eligible for a concession on the grounds of hardship. Council may also be able to assist by agreeing to alternative payment plans.

If you are having difficulty in paying your rates, you should contact Council as soon as possible to discuss the options available under Councils Rates and Annual Charges Hardship Policy.

COVID-19 financial hardship

COVID-19 may result in ratepayers suffering hardship and difficulties in paying rates and annual charges, along with other fees and charges invoiced by Council, as they fall due - apply for Covid-19 hardship relief.