How we calculate your rates
This page provides a brief explanation about how we calculate your rates.
For more detail on how rates and charges are calculated, you can refer to these two documents:
1. General rate
Redland City Council uses a differential rating scheme to calculate properties' general rate. This is a fair and equitable way of charging according to land use.
Calculations are based on:
- Land valuations set by Queensland Government's Department of Resources https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/land/title/valuation
- Land use category - there are 28 categories in the Redlands
(refer to rating category statement)
2. Council charges
Below is a list of all council charges that can be included in a rate notice. Not all charges are applicable to everyone.
- Environment & Coastal Management Charge
- Landfill remediation charge
- Redland City SES Administration charge
- Waste and recycling charge
- Water charges:
- Fixed access water charge
- Water consumption charge
- Wastewater fixed access charge
- Trade waste charge
- Special charges, only applicable for those in the benefit area:
- Rural Fire Brigade (Karragarra, Lamb, Russell, Macleay and Perulpa Islands)
3. State Government charges
The following charges are collected by Redland City Council on behalf of the State Government.
- Emergency management levy
- Bulk water consumption charge
Lodging an objection to your rating category
If you disagree with the rating category on your rate notice, you can lodge an objection - refer to rating category statement.
This needs to be done within 30 days of the issue date on the rate notice.
Change of ownership
Redland City Council cannot change the details on a property's title deed. We can only record a change of ownership after receiving an official notification from the Department of Resources.
If you wish to change your title deed, we suggest you contact a solicitor or the Department of Resources website.
Redland City Council charges an administration fee for recording a change of ownership. There are exemptions to this fee, listed on the form below. To apply for an exemption, complete the exemption of change of ownership form [PDF, 0.1MB]
When a property is sold, the seller and buyer negotiate the rates and charges due at the time of settlement.
Redland City Council does not enter into negotiations or issue new or amended rate notices after receiving change of ownership notifications.
Are you moving?
Whether you have sold your property or not, if you are moving to a new address you must inform Redland City Council of your new address. Your rate notice will then be sent to your new address.
Reduced charges for adjoining properties
Rates are calculated per allotment. If you own two or more allotments with common boundaries the following options are available to you to reduce your rates:
Land amalgamation by resurveying into single allotment (One Title Deed)
Landowners are required to contact a licensed surveyor to organize for a new plan to be prepared to resurvey 2 or more adjoining allotments into one single allotment. The new plan is registered at Titles Office by the owner or their nominee. The Titles Office will cancel the existing Title Deeds and create a new Title Deed for the new allotment. Once registered, Council will receive a copy of the new plan. Council will process the new plan which will result in one valuation and one set of utility/service charges.
Land amalgamation for rating purposes (retaining individual Title Deeds)
Landowners must contact the Department of Resources to request an amalgamation for rating purposes. This will result in the individual lots being retained and only one amalgamated land valuation is allocated. Utility/Service charges are applied on a per allotment basis.
Property owners interested in an amalgamation for rating purposes should contact the Department of Resources through the Titles Registry office.