Capping of Rates

Rate Capping (Discretionary Rebate)

Section 166 (1) (l) (ii) of the Act provides for the discretionary rebate of rates where, among other things, there has been a rapid change in valuations.

Council will provide relief against a substantial increase in rates payable on residential land due to large increases in capital value by applying a rebate (capping) of general rates to eligible ratepayers.

For the current financial year, the rate cap is set at 12% with a $20 minimum and a $200 maximum (excluding new or improved properties) for ratepayers who meet the Qualifying Criteria set out below:

Qualifying Criteria:

  • The property is the owner’s principal place of residence.
  • The property has not had more than $20,000 of improvements.
  • The property value has not increased due to zoning changes.
  • The land use for rating purposes has not changed since 1st July of the previous financial year.
  • The property has not sold since the 1st January of the previous financial year.

Rate capping will be applied automatically to properties that can be readily identified as being eligible. Where this rebate is not applied automatically, ratepayers who consider they could be eligible for rate capping may apply in writing to council. Applications will be assessed against the eligible criteria. Only applications for the current financial year will be accepted and must be received in the current financial year.

If you believe you qualify for the capping rebate and did not receive it on your rates notice, please contact:

Rates Department
Monday to Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm
Phone: 8375 6600
Fax: 8375 6699
Post: PO Box 21, Oaklands Park SA 5046
In person: 245 Sturt Road, Sturt SA 5047