Special rates

Councils can levy special rates or charges on property owners to help pay for things that have a special benefit for them. Examples include new roads or business marketing schemes. We currently have several special rate schemes in place to raise funds to promote shopping centres in Elsternwick, Carnegie and Bentleigh.

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Notice and consultation for special rates

We must comply with the Local Government Act 1989 when proposing and establishing special rates or charges. This means we must:

  • notify the public of any proposal
  • evaluate the benefits of the proposed works or service to those liable to pay
  • levy the rate or charge in proportion to the benefit
  • undertake formal public consultation before finalising the rate or charge
  • consider formal public submissions received within 28 days of the public notice
  • give affected ratepayers a formal right to object if we're proposing to raise more than two-thirds of the total cost with a special rate or charge. If the majority of ratepayers object within 28 days, we can't approve the proposal. This process does not apply to drainage schemes that are required for public health.

We also often invite public comment before proposing the rate or charge, but this is not mandatory.

Under certain conditions, you may appeal to the Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) if you're required to pay a special rate or charge.

For further information visit, the Know your Council website.

Current special rates

Special rates to cover marketing and promotional activities currently apply to commercial properties within the following shopping precincts:

  • Bentleigh Shopping Centre
  • Carnegie Shopping centre
  • Elsternwick Shopping Centre

Our schemes for Carnegie Shopping Centre and Elsternwick Shopping Centre end on 30 June 2024, while the declared special rate for Bentleigh ends on 30 June 2021.

Here's the relevant documentation for these schemes:

Carnegie Shopping Centre

Elsternwick Shopping Centre

How much do I pay?

The basis for calculation is the declared special rate in the dollar (different to the general rate) by the Net Annual Value (NAV) of the property, unless a minimum or maximum cap applies. The benefit levels, maximums and minimums vary between schemes. 

Will we send a separate rate notice?

Yes, we'll send a separate notice for special rates in addition to your general rates notice. The special rates are payable in four instalments.

If you have any questions about our current or proposed special rates, contact our Place Making Officer on 9524 3333.