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Online Form - Valuation of Land - Land Use Declaration Form

Please complete the below declaration which will be used to inform Officer recommendations to Council for their consideration. Council’s decision will be submitted to the Minister for their determination.


In making the declaration, it is important to consider what the predominate use of your land is. Under legislation, where the land is used predominately for rural purposes, the unimproved value of the land should be used. In circumstances, where the land is used predominantly for non-rural purposes, the gross rental value should be used.

Completing this declaration accurately will assist in making recommendations to Council and the Minister. In completing the declaration, you may wish to provide supporting evidence such as a copy of your latest tax return showing that you have claimed primary production earnings for your property.

This is an important consideration on your declaration as the valuation method used to calculate rates is representative of a land owners ability to pay rates, it is unlikely that land used as a hobby farm or the keeping of a small number of horses or other agricultural animals would satisfy the definition as land used predominately for rural purposes.


Submissions close on Friday 23 October 2020.


Submissions must relate to a specific property. Content from your declaration and supporting evidence may be published. Confidential or anonymous submissions will not be accepted.

Section A - Property and Owners Details

Property address

Section B - Property and Land Use Details

Question 1: Is the property used for 'rural purposes'? *
Question 2: Which of the following land uses best describes the rural base of your property?



Question 3: Do the agricultural activities carried out on the land, represent the predominate use of the land?
Question 4: Do you earn your livelihood from these activities? (Note: As the valuation method used to calculate rates is representative of a land owners ability to pay rates it is unlikely that land used as a hobby farm or the keeping of a small number of horses or other agricultural animals would satisfy the definition as land used predominately for rural purposes.)

Section C – Declaration

I / we declare the above information to be correct to the best of my / our knowledge.