Calculating rates

Council rates are levied annually on each rateable allotment within the council area. On or before 30 June each year, Council declares rates for the financial year and payment due dates. 

For the financial year 2023/24 Council has declared the following rates based on zoning under the NT Planning Scheme:

  Rating zone Rate on UCV Min. rate
  R, RR (excluding RR in the suburb of Marlow Lagoon), LR, LMR, MR, HR, CL, FD, PS, SP8, SP9 (<10,000m2), SP9 (>20,000m2), SP10, SP11 and SP1*20 0.6567306% $1,326
  RR in the Suburb of Marlow Lagoon 0.5395266% $1326
  GI, LI and DV 0.5296233% $1,347
  All other zoning 0.7945586% $1,347

For a definition of the above zones, please refer to the NT Planning Scheme’s index of zones available here

The waste service charge for the financial year 2023/24 is $527. The waste service charge is calculated on the basis of service delivery costs for providing collection and disposal services to residents.

Paying your rates

Your rates are due and payable in full, on or before the first instalment date - Saturday 30 September 2023.

Alternatively, they can also be paid in four instalments before, or on the following dates:

  • First instalment: Saturday 30 September 2023
  • Second instalment: Thursday 30 November 2023
  • Third instalment: Tuesday 30 January 2024
  • Fourth instalment: Saturday 30 March 2024

Where the last date for payment falls on a weekend or Public Holiday, payment should be made by the next working day (eg. if the due date for payment for an instalment is a Saturday, the payment should be received by 5.30pm on the following Monday).

Should you have trouble reading your rates notice please click here.

Overdue rates

In accordance to Section 245 Local Government Act Council charges interest on rates not paid by the due date. Interest is charged at 8% per annum calculated on a daily basis.

Early payment

Pursuant to Section 243 of the Local Government Act, Council has determined that a cash incentive be provided to encourage the prompt payment of rates and charges for the financial year.

The monetary incentive shall be offered through the conduct of a draw to be known as the ‘Early Bird Draw’ whereby the City of Palmerston will provide $1,500 cash prize to two successful ratepayers.

To be eligible to enter the ‘Early Bird Draw’, City of Palmerston Property Owners must pay their rates in full (including any arrears, fines, waste charges and any other charges) by the first instalment due date, Saturday 30 September 2023.

Only “ratepayers” who are natural persons, business owners or sporting groups are entitled to participate in the ‘Early Bird Draw’ - Government institutions are specifically excluded.

Congratulations to David from DRIVER and Jasen and Michelle from Durack.  Winners have been contacted.

Early Bird Draw Terms & Conditions