Vacant land differential rate

There is a different rate for vacant and unoccupied land in Moreland.

Purpose of Council's differential rate

The purpose of the differential rate is to encourage proper management of vacant land, and buildings on that land.

Moreland Council's differential rate is targeted at landowners who allow their sites to deteriorate and pose a risk to public safety or amenity.

Vacant land is any land on which no building is erected.

Unoccupied land is any land on which a building is erected but is determined as unfit for human habitation.

How we calculate the vacant land and unoccupied land rates

Moreland City Council uses capital improved value (CIV) as its valuation base for the calculation of rates.

In 2016, the rate in the dollar for vacant property is 0.009266.

So, if you own a vacant property worth $500,000, this year you will be charged $4633 in rates, excluding additional charges or arrears.

An example of a calculation on a vacant block of land:
Capital improved value = $500,000
Vacant land rate in the dollar = 0.009266
430,000 x 0.009266= $4633

The vacant land rate in the dollar and the unoccupied land rate in the dollar are the same.

All properties in Victoria are valued every second year. The last property valuation  was 1 January 2016. See property valuation for further details.

When calculating the rates, excluding additional charges or arrears, the method is:

Rebate on differential rates

Owners of a property which is levied the differential rate can reduce the amount payable by applying to Council for a performance rebate.

To receive the rebate, property owners must agree to satisfy performance criteria detailed under the Vacant and Unoccupied Land Management Rebate Policy (DOC 82Kb).

Owners should complete and return the Vacant Land Rebate fact sheet and application form (DOC 92Kb) to Council, detailing the works that will be undertaken to satisfy the performance criteria. The property will then be inspected and if successful the rebate is applied.

Application forms have been issued to those properties currently on the Vacant Land Rate. The closing date for these applications was 30 September 2016. 

If your property becomes rated as Vacant Land throughout the 2016-17 rating period, Council will notify you in writing. These applications will be due 60 days from the issue date of the notification. 

We are unable to accept late applications.