Rating Category Application - FARMLAND
For land to be rated as Farmland, Council must determine that the land meets the requirements for categorisation as “Farmland” which is prescribed in the Local Government Act 1993. The following guide provides details of this under the heading: Important information to assist you in determining your rating category.
How is land defined as farmland?
The purpose of this guide is to provide information about the legislation that prescribes how “Farmland” is categorised, key determining factors and obligations of council and the applicant. This background information may assist you when responding to the questions in your application to support a categorisation of “Farmland”.
Why does Council require so much information on the application form?
The application form is like that used by other NSW councils to determine farmland rating. We understand it is comprehensive and appreciate the time it takes to complete. However, for Council to determine if some properties (particularly smaller operations) are being operated with the purpose of making a profit - even if one is not made - we may require some finer details. The questions have been structured to help you provide Council with the information required to evaluate your eligibility to Farmland rating in accordance with legislative requirements. It is to your benefit that you provide as much detail as possible regarding your business of farming. Financial information is treated confidentially and made available only to those staff assessing applications.
The completed Farmland Rating Category Application form contains personal information which is being collected for the purpose of enabling Council to determine eligibility for Farmland rating and to enable Council to perform any other duty or task under any relevant legislation. Council is bound by the provisions of the Privacy and Personal Information Act 1998 in the collection, storage and utilisation of personal information provided in the form. Accordingly, the personal information will only be utilised for the purpose for which it has been obtained.
Important information to assist you in determining your rating category
How is land defined as farmland?
The following information is taken from the NSW Local Government Act 1993. Councils must comply with Chapter
15 of the Act, which deals with how councils are financed, and, specifically under Sections 515 through 529, how a council should administer applications for Farmland Rates.
Categorisation as farmland - Section 515 of the Local Government Act 1993
1. Land is to be categorised as " farmland" if it is a parcel of rateable land valued as one assessment and its dominant use is for farming (that is, the business or industry of grazing, animal feedlots, dairying, pig-farming, poultry farming, viticulture, orcharding, bee-keeping, horticulture, vegetable growing, the growing of crops of any kind, forestry or aquaculture within the meaning of the Fisheries Management Act 1994, or any combination of those businesses or industries) which:
a. has a significant and substantial commercial purpose or character, and
b. is engaged in for the purpose of profit on a continuous or repetitive basis (whether or not a profit is
2. Land is not to be categorised as farmland if it is rural residential land.
3. The regulations may prescribe circumstances in which land is or is not to be categorised as farmland.
Guidelines to determining factors for categorisation of land as farmland
1. Dominant use: is determined by looking at the amount of land used for the particular activity/activities and
also the intensity of that use.
2. Business or industry: the activity / activities carried out on the land must be carried on as a commercial
venture organised for profit.
3. Purpose of profit on a continuous or repetitive basis: The farming carried out must be on a sufficient scale as
to have some element of independent viability.
Generally speaking, the farming operations should be conducted on a scale that has the elements of an independently viable, commercial operation. Properties where the primary use is as a residence, and farming is an incidental use (eg: hobby farming) do not meet the definition of farmland in terms of rating categorisation.
Farmland rating - obligations and explanations
1. Obligation upon owners to apply - Section 525 (2)
The onus is on the rateable person (or their agent) to submit an application for change of category in the approved form.
2. Providing of further information, if required - Section 525 (4)
Council may notify the applicant of any further information it requires in order to be satisfied that the land is within that category. Council is not obliged to consider the declaration unless that information is provided.
3. Notification of the applicant by Council of the decision - Section 525 (5)
The Council must notify the applicant of its decision. The Council must include the reason for its decision if it declares that
the land is not within the category nominated in the application.
4. Appeal against declaration of category - Section 526 (1)
A rateable person who is dissatisfied with the date on which a declaration is specified to take effect or a declaration of a Council under Section 525, may appeal to:
a. Council to review its decision and / or
b. An appeal must be lodged within 30 days after the declaration is made to the Land and Environment Court.
5. Notification by the owner to Council of a change in category - Section 524
A rateable person (or the person's agent) must notify the Council within 30 days after the person's rateable land changes from one category to another.
You may prepare your application using the online form that follows or by the Application for Farmland Rating Category - fillable pdf form
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NOMINATIONS CLOSE 4pm MONDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2019
Narrandera Shire Australia Day
Award Category Guidelines
- Citizen of the Year
Criteria: For notable service to the community over a number of years
- Young Citizen of the Year (aged between 16 and 24 on 26 January 2020)
Criteria: For notable service to the community during the preceding year
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Criteria: For notable service to the community over a number of years
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