Calculating rates

Council rates are levied annually on each rateable allotment within the council area. On or before 31 July each year, Council declares rates for the financial year and payment due dates. 

For the financial year 2018/19 Council has declared the following rates based on zoning under the NT Planning Scheme:

  Rating zone Rate on UCV Min. rate
  R, RR (excluding Marlow Lagoon), SD, MD, MR,HR, CL, FD, PS, SP8, SP9 (<10,000m2), SP9 (>20,000m2), SP10, SP11 0.5120% $1,197
  RR (Marlow Lagoon) 0.4000% $1,197
  GI, LI 0.4300% $1,200
  All other zoning 0.7450% $1,200

For a definition of the above zones, please refer to the NT Planning Scheme’s index of zones available here

The waste service charge for the financial year 2018/19 has been set to $510. The waste service charge is calculated on the basis of service delivery costs for providing collection and disposal services to residents.

View the 2018 Understanding Your Rates Brochure here.

Paying your rates

Your rates are due and payable in full, on or before the first instalment date - Sunday 30 September 2018.

Alternatively, they can also be paid in four instalments before, or on the following dates:

  • First instalment: Sunday 30 September 2018
  • Second instalment: Friday 30 November 2018
  • Third instalment: Wednesday 30 January 2019
  • Fourth instalment: Saturday 30 March 2019

Where the last date for payment falls on a weekend or Public Holiday, payment should be made by the next working day (eg. if the due date for payment for an instalment is a Saturday, the payment should be received by 5pm on the following Monday).

Should you have trouble reading your rates notice please click here.

Overdue rates

In accordance to Section 162 Local Government Act Council charges interest on rates not paid by the due date. Interest is charged at 18% per annum calculated on a daily basis.

Early payment

Pursuant to Section 160 of the Local Government Act, Council has determined that a cash incentive be provided to encourage the prompt payment of rates and charges for the financial year.

The monetary incentive shall be offered through the conduct of a draw to be known as the ‘Early Bird Draw’ whereby the City of Palmerston will provide $1,500 cash prize to two successful ratepayers.

To be eligible to enter the ‘Early Bird Draw’, City of Palmerston Property Owners must pay their rates in full (including any arrears, fines, waste charges and any other charges) by the first instalment due date.

Only “ratepayers” who are natural persons, business owners or sporting groups are entitled to participate in the ‘Early Bird Draw’ - Government institutions are specifically excluded.

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Early Bird Draw terms and conditions