Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL)

From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government will introduce a fairer system to fund NSW fire and emergency services. Previously, only insured property owners contributed directly to the fire and emergency services. Under the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) Act 2017, all property owners will contribute alongside their Council rates.

For each property you own, you will be charged a fixed and variable amount based on the classification of your property, and the NSW Valuer General unimproved value of your land. Please refer to the FESL Rates and Calculator to calculate your FESL levy rates. Like council rates, customers may pay the FESL annually or quarterly.

For further information about FESL, call the FESL hotline on 1300 787 872 or visit fesl.nsw.gov.au.

Land classification

Council will determine the classification of your land, and notify you of this classification. You can request a change to your land classification by completing and signing a form and lodging it with Council by email or post.

There is no fee associated with a request to review an initial FESL classification.

Changing the classification of your land to vacant

Where Council has determined that your land is classified as non-vacant, you may apply to seek a review of that decision, by completing, signing and lodging an Application for review of land classification Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) – vacant land form.

Under the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) Act 2017, land can only be classified as ‘Vacant’ if:

  1. the land is classified as Residential, Industrial or Commercial
  2. there are no buildings or structures on the land that are being used, or could be used, for a residential, industrial or commercial purpose and
  3. the land is not being used for the storage or treatment of anything.

Changing the classification of your non-vacant land

There are six non-vacant land classifications set out in the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) Act 2017:

You may seek a review of Council's classifcation of your land by completing, signing and lodging an Application for review of land classification Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) – non-vacant land form.

Pensioner rebates

If you have an existing pensioner concession on your property, you will automatically receive the FESL pensioner discount.

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Page last updated: 28 April 2017