Pay residential or business rates

Online payments may take up to 2 business days to appear on your account.
Our rates calculator can help estimate your rates for a full financial year.

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What you need to do

Pay online

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and funds transfer from your bank account. You can also set up automatic payments on the property details page if you’re logged into your City of Sydney account – select ‘Create payment schedule’.

Pay rates online

Go paperless – get your rates notices by email

By default, your rates notices are delivered by post. If you’re the property owner, you can change this and get your rates notices by email by following the steps below.

Note, choosing to get your rates notices by email will stop delivery by post.

Before you start

Find out when your rates are due

Rates are paid every year and can be paid in full or by quarterly instalments.

If you are paying in full, your rates are due on or before 31 August 2023.

The due dates for quarterly instalments are:

  • 1st instalment: 31 August
  • 2nd instalment: 30 November
  • 3rd instalment: 28 February
  • 4th instalment: 31 May

Notify us if you’re having financial difficulties

If you’re experiencing difficulties paying your rates on time, please call us to discuss alternative arrangements. You may be eligible for a financial hardship determination.

If you don’t pay your rates on or before the due date

Interest calculated daily will be charged on the amount owing if you don’t pay your rates on time.

The interest rate for the 2023/24 financial year has been set at 9% per annum.

We may take legal action to recover unpaid rates and you’ll have to pay for this cost. However, every effort will be made to discuss repayment options with you.

Other information

Understanding your bill

3 levies and charges may be shown on your rates notice.

Find your business rate category

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Other ways to pay