Frequently asked questions
As a ratepayer in the City of Belmont, your rates payment contributes to a variety of services and facilities. Some of these things include:
- Parks infrastructure
- Library services
- Security and emergency services
- Recreation and culture
- Rubbish and sanitation
- Building infrastructure
- Transport infrastructure
- Environmental projects
- Planning and regulatory services
- Youth, family and aged services
Does the City of Belmont offer a discount?
Yes, you can have a 5% discount applied to the rate levy component of your account by paying your rates as one instalment by the due date.
The 5% discount is calculated for you on your annual rates notice under the section Option 1 – Discounted Total (view an example rates notice
). The City of Belmont is one of only a few councils to offer this kind of discount.
What is the latest date I can pay and still receive the discount?
To be eligible for the discount, you need to pay as one instalment by the due date shown on your original rate notice.
Please note that payments received after the due date will not be eligible.
Please allow extra time for BPay payments as well as payments being sent through Australia Post. All mail is receipted by the City the day it is received, however it may take longer than you think to arrive by post.
If you hold a valid concession card and meet certain criteria, you could be eligible for a State Government Rebate.
Find out about rates concessions
What methods are available for me to pay my rates?
The City of Belmont offers you a number of ways to pay your rates. Several of these methods are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
View rates payment methods
What instalment options are available for paying my rates?
The City of Belmont offers three options for payment of rates. The due dates associated with these options are shown on the original rate notice issued in August each year.
You can either:
- Pay in full by the due date on your original rates notice and receive the discount as shown; (refer to the Option 1 total due on your rates notice for your discounted amount).
- Pay in 2 instalments, with a $20 administration fee:
- The 1st instalment will include all arrears, together with half the rates and charges and half of the administration fee;
- The 2nd instalment, due approximately four months after the original rate notice is due, covers the remainder of the rates and charges and the balance of the administration fee.
- Pay in 4 instalments, with a $20 administration fee and a 5.5% instalment interest charge:
- The 1st instalment includes all arrears and a quarter of the current rates and charges;
- Other instalments, due approximately two months apart, cover the balance of the account over three equal instalments.
The above listed instalment options can be viewed on your rates notice. View instalment options on a sample rates notice.
You will automatically receive instalment notices approximately four weeks before the next payment is due. If an instalment is overdue, it will incur late payment penalties until it is paid in full.
To be eligible for payment by instalments
To be eligible to pay your rates by 2 or 4 instalments, you need to make the first payment by the due date shown on your annual rate notice.
If the appropriate payment is not received by the due date:
- The instalment options will be deleted from your account;
- You may also start to incur late payment penalties.
If you are not able to make the first payment by the due date but would still like to pay by instalments, please immediately notify the City in writing. In your explanation, please include details of the circumstances and your estimated payment date. If approved, the City may be able to adjust your account manually to help you take advantage of the instalment option.
For more information, please email rates@Belmont.wa.gov.au
or phone the City’s Rates team on 9477 7222.
What if I am not able to pay my rates by the due date?
Sometimes it is difficult to make your payments as set out on your rates notice. If you are having trouble paying, please phone the City’s Rates team on 9477 7222 to discuss your situation. Once an arrangement has been verbally agreed to, you will still need to submit an alternative arrangement plan in writing to finalise the arrangement (as per Council Policy). You can do this by emailing
, online using our alternative arrangement
application or noting the arrangement plan as part of a Direct Debit payment plan
. Please note that this payment method is available on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis with payments being deducted on a Friday only.
Once the arrangement has been set up on your account, you will receive an approval letter confirming the details agreed upon.
Please note a $20 administration fee per assessment will apply for any alternative arrangement.
For more information, please email email@example.com
or phone the City’s Rates team on 9477 7222.
Where does the valuation come from for my rates?
Part of the amount that you pay in rates is based on the Gross Rental Valuation (GRV). This is the amount that your property might reasonably be expected to earn each year if it were rented.
The GRV is calculated for all properties in WA by the Valuer General's Office (a division of Landgate), regardless of whether the property is being rented or owner occupied.
Visit the Landgate website
If you would like to formally object, you need to lodge an objection within 60 days after the issue date of the rates (shown near the top right corner of your rate notice). Your objection will need to quote your Ven number, shown on the back of your rate notice in red.
Please be aware that even if you lodge an objection, under the Local Government Act 1995
, you still need to pay in full by the due date of the rate notice. If your valuation is amended, once your rates are adjusted, you will receive an interim rate notice.
Why is there a minimum rate?
The minimum rate is in place to make sure that all ratepayers make at least a minimum contribution to the cost of providing the services that are available to the community.
What are interim rates?
Interim rates apply when you make changes to your property which could change the overall value of your property. For example, you might:
- Subdivide or amalgamate properties;
- Complete a new building;
- Demolish a structure;
- Build an addition;
- Install or remove a swimming pool or spa.
When any of these changes occur to your property, the Valuer General's Office will provide the City with a valuation which takes effect from the 1st
of the month after that change is completed.
The City will then make the necessary amendments and issue an interim rate notice in due course.
What is the Emergency Services Levy (ESL)?
The Emergency Services Levy (ESL)
is a State Government charge which is:
- Collected by the City of Belmont on behalf of Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES);
- Designed to support the services provided by employed and volunteer fire fighters, including Fire and Rescue Services, and Bush Fire Brigade.
The ESL is calculated in the same way as your rates are with the valuation being supplied by the Valuer General's Office. The rate in the dollar and the minimum and maximum charges are determined and published by DFES each year.
If you have any questions about the levy, please contact the DFES on 1300 136 099 or visit the DFES website