How rates are calculated

Rating Information

In the Gross Rental Value (GRV) areas of the City
Under the Local Government Act 1995 the City can impose differential rates on certain categories of properties. The categories are split into:

  • GRV Residential Improved
  • GRV Vacant Land
  • GRV Business Improved

GRV Residential Improved Land - The rate in the dollar and minimum rates is set to ensure the total rate revenue raised by the City is the same rate revenue it would have yielded utilising the previous valuations and previous rate in the dollar and minimum rate. This means a freeze in rate revenue for the year.

Vacant Land - The rate in the dollar and minimum rate is set to ensure the total rate revenue raised by the City is the same rate revenue it would have yieled uitilising the previous valuation and previous rate in the dollar. This means a freeze in rate revenue for the year. The rate in the dollar is higher than residential improved land in an effort to promote the development of all properties to their full potential, thereby stimulating economic growth and development in all areas of the community. 

Business Improved Land - The rate in the dollar and minimum rate is set to ensure the total rate revenue raised by the City is the same rate revenue it would have yielded utilising the previous valuations and previous rate in the dollar. This means a freeze in rate revenue for the year. It is different to the residential land rate to recognise the higher demand on the City’s infrastructure and services occasioned by matters such as:

• The City’s Economic Development function which is largely to provide support for the industrial and commercial community;

• The improvements to the upgrade of and renewal of the street network in the CBD;

• Increased maintenance and operational costs in and around shopping precincts including verge mowing, litter removal, street trees and weed control spraying;

• Increased maintenance and operational costs in industrial areas, particularly related to drainage.

In the Unimproved Value (UV) areas of the City

The proposed rate in the dollar has been set to ensure that the proportion of total rate revenue derived from unimproved valued (UV) land remains consistent with previous years.

Details of the rates and minimum payments to apply are as follows:

Rate groups Rate in Dollar (cents) Minimum payment ($) Number of Rateable Properties Total Rates Levied
Gross Rental Value Area
Differential Rates
Vacant Land 14.9970 1,022 2,249 4,374,000
Residential Improved 10.3323 1,179 33,884 54,795,500
Business Improved 9.3570 1,371 1,057 9,778,700
Unimproved Value Area
General Rate 0.4525 1,412 142 691,200
TOTALS     37,332 69,639,400

 

Landgate have developed nine new short, engaging videos that provide a clear explanation of Gross Rental Value and Unimproved Value.

Should you have any questions or queries specifically regarding your Gross Rental Value or Unimproved Value, please go to the Landgate website www.landgate.wa.gov.au or contact them direct on (08) 9273 7373.

Specified Area Rates (SAR)
Some areas pay a SAR to cover the cost of additional services in that location.

1. Townscape Amenity Service

The purpose of the Townscape Amenity Services SAR, is to enhance the amenity level of specified areas through increased service levels in programs such as litter control, verge and streetscape maintenance, verge mowing, etc.

The Townscape Amenity Service is focused on four business/commercial areas within the City, namely:

  • Specified Area Rate A – Armadale Town Centre
  • Specified Area Rate B – Kelmscott Town Centre
  • Specified Area Rate C – Kelmscott Industrial Area
  • Specified Area Rate D – South Armadale Industrial Area

Details of the Townscape Amenity Services SARs to apply are:

Area Rate in dollar (cents) Number of Properties Total SAR Levied ($)
SAR A 0.4046 88 119,100
SAR B 0.8800 80 79,400
SAR C 0.1713 341 19,900
SAR D 0.3416 138 22,700
TOTAL   647 241,100

 

2. Residential Amenity Service

The purpose of the Residential Amenity Services SAR is to maintain and enhance the public open space provided in the newer residential estates to a standard higher than that which occurs in public open space, throughout the remainder of the City. These include maintenance of irrigation systems, garden beds and park lighting.

The Residential Amenity Services SAR is focused on the new residential areas of:

  • Specified Area Rate F - Piara Waters/Harrisdale
  • Specified Area Rate G - Champion Lakes

Details of the Residential Amenity Services SARs to apply are:

Area Rate in Dollar (cents) Number of Properties Total SAR Levied ($)
SAR F 0.2550 4,858 332,550
SAR G 0.2120 303 13,700
Total   5,161 346,250

 

COVID-19 Rates Concession

A one off COVID-19 Rates Concession has been implemented by the City of Armadale for 2020/2021. This concession ensures that any property that would have been subject to an increase in rates on the application of the new valuation and rate in the dollar, receives a concession, such that the amount payable is the same as what would have been payable using the previous valuation and rate in the dollar. *If development has occurred on a property, an increase in rates will apply, reflective of the increased value added from the development.

Residential Rates Concession

A Residential Rates Concession has been implemented in accordance with Section 6.47 of the Local Government Act 1995 by the City of Armadale for 2020/2021. This concession is provided to properties in a Business Improved zoned area but used for residential purposes in a like manner to properties in residential areas.

Page Last Reviewed 8 September 2020