Any queries in relation to this summary rating policy should be directed to the Director of Corporate & Community Services, who can be contacted at the Minlaton Branch Office.
Summary of the Annual Business Plan 2012-13 (1.07 MB)
Requests for additional information regarding rate payments, remissions or objections (unless otherwise indicated) should be directed to the Senior Rates & Assessment Officer, who can also be contacted at the Minlaton Branch Office.
Single Farm Enterprise
Attention Farmers !
The Local Government Act 1999, has made provision that where two or more pieces of rateable land within the area of the Council constitute a single farm enterprise only one fixed charge may be imposed against the whole of the land.
A Single Farm Enterprise is defined by Section 152 of the Local Government Act 1999.
In general terms, a single farm enterprise means land which is used wholly or mainly for the business of primary production as a single enterprise and is occupied by the same person or persons. The land which constitutes the single farm enterprise need not be adjoining parcels of land.
Where the land has upon it a dwelling which is used as a principal place of residence for one of the occupiers, the land with the dwelling must adjoin at least one of the other pieces of land used for the single farming enterprise.
If different persons occupy any of the allotments which constitute the farm, then a single farming enterprise does not exist.
The legislation further provides that the Single Farm Enterprise provisions only apply "if the Council is satisfied, upon application, and by provision of such information or evidence as the Council may reasonably require, that the relevant land is within the ambit of the provisions."
Rural land owners that consider that their enterprise meets the provisions of a Single Farm Enterprise, should download the Application Form (53.56 kB)
Further information is available from Council’s Senior Rates & Assessment Officer.
Important Things to Remember
A rate cannot be challenged on the basis of non-compliance with this policy and rates must be paid in accordance with the required payment provisions.