Fire and Emergency Services Levy

The NSW Government will introduce a new system for funding our community's fire and emergency services from 1 July 2017.

The NSW Government will introduce a new system for funding our community's fire and emergency services from 1 July 2017.

The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) currently paid on insurance policies will be replaced with the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL), which will be paid alongside council rates.
This change will see all properties, not just insured properties, directly contribute to the cost of supporting the work of Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service in protecting the community from fire, flood, storms and other natural disasters. 

Property owners will be notified in July of their FESL contribution as part of their council rates notice, or a separate notice for non-rateable properties. The FESL may be paid annually or quarterly and the amount to be paid will depend on a property's classification as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial or public benefit, and whether or not the land is vacant. 

Notification of land classifications will be distributed to all property owners across the Cessnock Local Government Area in late April. The land value used for rates will be one of the factors used to calculate the FESL component of your rates notice. 

Council is required, under legislation, to pass on the full amount of the FESL to the NSW Government’s, Office of State Revenue on a quarterly basis. 

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