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Rates appeals and objections

Find out about rates appeals and objections, including objections to a rates notice, Rate Book entry or property evaluation.

Object to a rates notice

Each rate notice details the characteristics of:

  • The property zone (i.e. its legal zoning as per the Council’s Town Planning Scheme)
  • The land status (i.e. whether the property is improved or vacant). ​

Any ratepayer can object in writing to the City if the zoning of the property or land status is incorrectly shown on the rates notice.

Object to a Rate Book entry

The Rate Book, which is maintained annually, contains the following details:

  • The full names of the property owners
  • The Gross Rental Value (GRV) valuation of each property 
  • The amount of rates levied. ​

Any ratepayer can object in writing to the City if the ownership details, GRV valuation or amount of rates levied is incorrectly shown in a Rate Book entry.                                                                                                     

Objections to the Rate Book must be made within 42 days of the date of issue.

The City will consider each objection and provide a prompt written response.

Appeal a property valuation

A ratepayer may lodge an appeal against the valuation of a property within 60 days of date of issue of the rate notice. An objection can be on grounds that a valuation is unfair, inequitable or incorrect.

An objection to a valuation should:

  • Be made in writing
  • Give a full description of the property
  • Clearly state the reasons for the objection.

Revaluation and interim rates

Whenever a new valuation is received from the Valuer General, the City is required by legislation to apply that valuation and reassess the rates levied for that property.

Any amount already levied for the financial year is taken into account when calculating interim rates. An interim rate notice for the difference is raised.

A copy of the interim notice will be sent to any settlement agents involved at the time. Settlement agents often hold monies in trust to pay rates. Contact your settlement agent if this is the case.

Lodge an objection/appeal

Objections should be lodged directly to the Valuer General: 

Valuer General’s Office

PO BOX 2222

MIDLAND, WA 6936

Phone: 9273 7373

More information

For further information about lodging an objection or appeal visit the Landgate website​.

For general information about rates please contact us on 9439 0200 or email rates@kwinana.wa.gov.au.​

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