We have a differential general rating scheme that recognises the diverse demographics of the region. This approach recognises land used for the following purposes:

  • City and outer urban areas
  • Main towns and small towns
  • Extensive rural areas
  • Commercial and general industrial areas
  • Extractive industries
  • Noxious industries
  • Shopping centres
  • Mining
  • Power generation

How to tell what category you are in

The category that your land has been placed in appears on the back of your rate notice.

If you don't have your rates notice handy, you can find your location and corresponding area in the maps below. Then use this to find which category applies in the supplied tables. Alternatively, you can print our Rating category statement (PDF).

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Category: City Urban Residential A - Category number 1.1
Description: Land located within the city identified as area A on map no. 1 having access to sewerage infrastructure, used, or capable of being used, for urban residential purposes
Identification: Land identified as area A on map no. 1 having a land use code of 00,01,02,02A,03,04,05,06A,07,08,50 or 72A

Category: City Urban Residential B - Category number 1.2
Description:Land located within the city identified as area A on map no. 1 not having access to sewerage infrastructure, used, or capable of being used, for urban residential purposes
Identification: Land identified as area A on map no. 1 having a land use code of 00,01,02,02A,03,04,05,06A,07,08,50 or 72A

Category: Outer Urban Residential A - Category number 1.3
Description:Land located within the localities identified as area B on map no. 1 having access to sewerage infrastructure, used, or capable of being used, for urban residential purposes
Identification: Land identified as area B on map no. 1 having a land use code of 00,01,02,02A,03,04,05,06A,07,08,50 or 72A

Category: Outer Urban Residential B - Category number 1.4
Description:Land located within the localities identified as area B on map no. 1 not having access to sewerage infrastructure, used, or capable of being used, for urban residential purposes
Identification: Land identified as area B on map no. 1 having a land use code of 00,01,02,02A,03,04,05,06A,07,08,50 or 72A

Category: Main Town Urban Residential - Category number 1.5
Description:Land located within the towns identified on map no. 2, map no. 3 or map no. 4 used, or capable of being used, for urban residential purposes
Identification: Land identified on map no. 2, map no. 3 or map no. 4 having a land use code of 00,01,02,02A,03,04,05,06A,07,08,50 or 72A

Category: Other Urban Residential - Category number 1.6
Description: Land that is not in category 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 or 1.5, used, or capable of being used, for urban residential purposes
Identification: Land having a land use code of 00,01,02,02A,03,06A,07,08,50 or 72A

Category: City Rural - Category number 2.1
Description: Land located within the city identified as area A on map no. 1, used, or capable of being used for rural purposes
Identification: Land identified as area A on map no. 1 having a land use code of 60,61,64,65,66,67,69,70,71,72B,73,74,75,76,77,78,79, 80,81,82,83,84,85,86,87,88,89,93,94A or 94B

Category: Low Intensity Rural - Category number 2.2
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, that is vacant rural land or rural land used, or capable of being used, for low intensity rural uses such as, for example, grazing of stock
Identification: Land having a land use code of 04,05,06B,60,61,64,65,67,72B,89,94A or 94B

Category: Medium Intensity Rural - Category number 2.3
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for medium intensity rural uses such as, for example, horse studs, dairy farming, poultry farming (other than the highly intensive rural poultry purposes of category 2.13 or 2.14 land) and the growing and harvesting of crops
Identification: Land having a land use code of 69,70,71,73,74,75,76,77,78,79,80,81,82,83,84,86,87 or 93

Category: High Intensity Rural - Category number 2.4
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for highly intensive rural purposes, other than the highly intensive rural purposes of category 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.10,2.11, 2.12, 2.13 or 2.14 land
Identification: Land having a land use code of 66,85 or 88

Category: Cattle Feedlotting (499 - 1000 SCU) - Category number 2.5
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for lot feeding between 499 and 1,000 cattle (inclusive)
Identification: Land having the land use code of 66

Category: Cattle Feedlotting (1001 - 5000 SCU) - Category number 2.6
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for lot feeding between 1,001 and 5,000 cattle (inclusive)
Identification: Land having the land use code of 66

Category: Cattle Feedlotting (5001 - 12000 SCU) - Category number 2.7
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for lot feeding between 5,001 and 12,000 cattle (inclusive)
Identification: Land having the land use code of 66

Category: Cattle Feedlotting (12001 - 30000 SCU) - Category number 2.8
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for lot feeding between 12,001 and 30,000 cattle (inclusive)
Identification: Land having the land use code of 66

Category: Cattle Feedlotting (greater than 30000 SCU) - Category number 2.9
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for lot feeding greater than 30,000 cattle
Identification: Land having the land use code of 66

Category: Piggery (500 - 5000 SPU) - Category number 2.10
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for a piggery housing between 500 and 5,000 swine (inclusive)
Identification: Land having the land use code of 85

Category: Piggery (5001 - 15000 SPU) - Category number 2.11
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for a piggery housing between 5,001 and 15,000 swine (inclusive)
Identification: Land having the land use code of 85

Category: Piggery (greater than 15000 SPU) - Category number 2.12
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for a piggery housing greater than 15,000 swine
Identification: Land having the land use code of 85

Category: Poultry (40,000 - 200,000 Birds) - Category number 2.13
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for poultry farming between 40,000 and 200,000 birds (inclusive)
Identification: Land having the land use code of 87

Category: Poultry (greater than 200,000 Birds) - Category number 2.14
Description: Land that is not in category 2.1, used, or capable of being used, for poultry farming greater than 200,000 birds
Identification: Land having the land use code of 87

Category: City Commercial - Category number 3.1
Description: Land located within the city identified as area A on map no. 1, used, or capable of being used, for commercial purposes
Identification: Land identified as area A on map no. 1 having a land use code of 10,11,12,13,14,15,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,32,33,34,36A,38,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,51,52,55,56,57,58,91,92,95,96,97 or 99

Category: Outer Urban Commercial - Category number 3.2
Description: Land located within the localities identified as area B on map no. 1, used, or capable of being used, for commercial purposes
Identification: Land identified as area B on map no. 1 having a land use code of 10,11,12,13,14,15,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,32,33,34,36A,38,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49, 51,52,55,56,57,58,91,92,95,96,97 or 99

Category: Toowoomba Trade Gateway Commercial - Category number 3.3
Description: Land located within the localities identified on map no. 5, used, or capable of being used, for commercial purposes
Identification: Land identified on map no. 5 having a land use code of 10,11,12,13,14,15,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,32,33,34,36A,38,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,51,52,55,56,57,58,91,92,95,96,97 or 99

Category: Main Town Commercial - Category number 3.4
Description: Land located within the towns identified on map no. 2, map no. 3 or map no. 4, used, or capable of being used, for commercial purposes
Identification: Land identified on map no. 2, map no. 3 or map no. 4 having a land use code of 10,11,12,13,14,15,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,32,33,34,36A,38,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,51,52,55,56,57,58,91,92,95,96,97 or 99

Category: Other Commercial - Category number 3.5
Description: Land that is not in category 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 or 3.4 used, or capable of being used, for commercial purposes
Identification: Land having a land use code of 10,11,12,13,14,15,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,32,33,34,36A,38,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49, 51,52,55,56,57,58,91,92,95,96,97 or 99

Category: City General Industrial - Category number 4.1
Description: Land located within the city identified as area A on map no. 1, used, or capable of being used, for general industrial purposes such as, for example, warehousing, transport terminal for freight or passengers, manufacturing, airport
Identification: Land identified as area A on map no. 1 having a land use code of 28,29,30,31,35,36B,39,53 or 54

Category: Outer Urban General Industrial - Category number 4.2
Description: Land located within the localities identified as area B on map no. 1, used, or capable of being used, for general industrial purposes such as, for example, warehousing, transport terminal for freight or passengers, manufacturing, airport
Identification: Land identified as area B on map no. 1 having a land use code of 28,29,30,31,35,36B,39,53 or 54

Category: Toowoomba Trade Gateway General Industrial - Category Number 4.3
Description: Land located within the localities identified on map no. 5, used, or capable of being used, for general industrial purposes such as, for example, warehousing, transport terminal for freight or passengers, manufacturing, airport
Identification: Land identified on map no. 5 having a land use code of 28,29,30,31,35,36B,39,53 or 54

Category: Main Town General Industrial - Category number 4.4
Description: Land located within the towns identified on map no. 2, map no. 3 or map no. 4, used, or capable of being used, for general industrial purposes such as, for example, warehousing, transport terminal for freight or passengers, manufacturing, airport
Identification: Land identified on map no. 2, map no. 3 or map no. 4 having a land use code of 28,29,30,31,35,36B,39,53 or 54

Category: Other General Industrial - Category number 4.5
Description: Land that is not in category 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 or 4.4, used, or capable of being used, for general industrial purposes such as, for example, warehousing, transport terminal for freight or passengers, manufacturing, airport
Identification: Land having a land use code of 28,29,30,31,35,36B,39,53 or 54

Category: Extractive - Category number 5.1
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for extractive industry purposes, other than category 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 or 5.6 land
Identification: Land having the land use code of 40A

Category: Extractive (less than 5,000 tonnes) - Category number 5.2
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for licensed extractive industry purposes, where the quantity of material capable of being extracted is less than 5,000 tonnes per annum
Identification: Land having the land use code of 40A

Category: Extractive (5,000 tonnes to 100,000 tonnes) - Category number 5.3
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for licensed extractive industry purposes, where the quantity of material capable of being extracted is between 5,000 and 100,000 tonnes per annum (inclusive)
Identification: Land having the land use code of 40A

Category: City Extractive (greater than 100,000 tonnes) - Category number 5.4
Description: Land located within the city identified as area A on map no. 1, used, or capable of being used, for licensed extractive industry purposes, where the quantity of material capable of being extracted is greater than 100,000 tonnes per annum
Identification: Land identified as area A on map no. 1 having the land use code of 40A

Category: Outer Urban Extractive (greater than 100,000 tonnes) - Category number 5.5
Description: Land located within the localities identified as area B on map no. 1, used, or capable of being used, for licensed extractive industry purposes, where the quantity of material capable of being extracted is greater than 100,000 tonnes per annum
Identification: Land identified as area B on map no. 1 having the land use code of 40A

Category: Toowoomba Trade Gateway Extractive (greater than 100,000 tonnes) - Category number 5.6
Description: Land located within the localities identified on map no. 5, used, or capable of being used, for licensed extractive industry purposes, where the quantity of material capable of being extracted is greater than 100,000 tonnes per annum
Identification: Land identified on map no. 5 having the land use code of 40A

Category: City Noxious Industrial - Category number 6.1
Description: Land located within the city identified as area A on map no. 1, used, or capable of being used, for noxious industrial purposes
Identification: Land identified as area A on map no. 1 having the land use code of 37A

Category: Toowoomba Trade Gateway Noxious Industrial - Category Number 6.2
Description: Land located within the localities identified on map no. 5, used, or capable of being used, for noxious industrial purposes
Identification: Land identified on map no. 5 having the land use code of 37A

Category: Other Noxious Industrial - Category number 6.3
Description: Land that is not in category 6.1 or 6.2, used, or capable of being used, for noxious industrial purposes
Identification: Land having the land use code of 37A

Category: Abattoir (less than 100,000 Animal Kill) - Category number 6.4
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, as an abattoir which carries out 100,000 or less animal kills annually
Identification: Land having the land use code of 37B

Category: Abattoir (greater than 100,000 Animal Kill) - Category number 6.5
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, as an abattoir which carries out greater than 100,000 animal kills annually
Identification: Land having the land use code of 37B

Category: Drive In Shopping Centre (less than 10,000 square metres) - Category number 7.1
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for a drive in shopping centre that has a total centre area of less than 10,000 square metres
Identification: Land having the land use code of 16

Category: Drive In Shopping Centre (between 10,000 square metres and 20,000 square metres) - Category number 7.2
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for a drive in shopping centre that has a total centre area of between 10,000 square metres and 20,000 square metres (inclusive)
Identification: Land having the land use code of 16

Category: Drive In Shopping Centre (between 20,001 square metres and 40,000 square metres) - Category number 7.3
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for a drive in shopping centre that has a total centre area of between 20,001 square metres and 40,000 square metres (inclusive)
Identification: Land having the land use code of 16

Category: Drive In Shopping Centre (greater than 40,000 square metres) - Category number 7.4
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for a drive in shopping centre that has a total centre area of greater than 40,000 square metres
Identification: Land having the land use code of 16

Category: Mining A - Category number 8.1
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for mining producing coal for an adjoining power station
Identification: Land having the land use code of 40B

Category: Mining B - Category number 8.2
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for mining producing coal for domestic or export markets
Identification: Land having the land use code of 40B

Category: Gas or Oil Extraction - Category number 8.3
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for gas or oil extraction pursuant to a petroleum lease (issued pursuant to the Petroleum Act)
Identification: Land having the land use code of 40C

Category: Mining Special - Category number 8.4
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for mining coal under the authority of a mining lease granted during the 2018/19 financial year or the 2019/20 financial year
Identification: Land having the land use code of 40D

Category: Power Generation (less than 200 megawatts) - Category number 9.1
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for power generation/storage purposes which produces less than 200 megawatts
Identification: Land having the land use code of 90

Category: Power Generation (between 200 megawatts and 400 megawatts) - Category number 9.2
Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for power generation/storage purposes which produces between 200 megawatts and 400 megawatts
Identification: Land having the land use code of 90

Category: Power Generation (greater than 400 megawatts) - Category number 9.3

Description: Land used, or capable of being used, for power generation/storage purposes which produces greater than 400 megawatts Identification: Land having the land use code of 90

Code Description

00 Unspecified
01 Vacant Urban Land
02 Single Unit Dwelling
02A Single Unit Dwelling / Home Occupation
03 Multi Dwellings or Flats
04 Large Home Site Vacant
05 Large Home Site Dwelling
06A Outbuildings Urban
06B Outbuildings Rural
07 Guest House / Private Hotel
08 Building Format Plan Primary Use Only
09 Body Corporate in any strata titled scheme
10 Combined Dwelling and Shops
11 Shop Single
12 Shopping Group (7 - 9 Shops)
13 Shopping Group (2 - 6 Shops)
14 Shops – Main Retail (Central Business District)
15 Shops – Secondary Retail (Fringe Central Business)
16 Drive-In Shopping Centre
17 Restaurant / Function Centre
18 Special Tourist Attraction
19 Walkway
20 Commercial / Industrial Property Under Construction
21 Residential Institution (Non-Medical Care)
22 Car Park
23 Retail Warehouse
24 Sales Area Outdoors (Dealers, Boats, Cars etc)
25 Professional Offices
26 Funeral Parlour
27 Hospitals, Convalescent Home (Medical Care) (Private)
28 Warehouse and Bulk Stores
29 Transport Terminal
30 Service Station
31 Oil Depot and Refinery
32 Data Centre
33 Outdoor Storage Area / Contractors Yard
34 Cold Stores / Ice works
35 General Industry or Medium Industry
36A Light Industry A
36B Light Industry B
37A Heavy Industry
37B Abattoir
38 Advertising / Hoarding
39 Roadway
40A Extractive (Quarry)
40B Extractive (Mining)
40C Gas or Oil Extraction
40D Mining Special
41 Child Care excluding Kindergarten
42 Hotel/Tavern
43 Motel
44 Nursery (Plants)
45 Theatre Cinema
46 Drive-in Theatre
47 Licensed Club
48 Sports Club / Dance Facility
49 Caravan Park
50 Other Club Non Business
51 Church/Facilities
52 Cemetery (Include Crematoria)
53 Commercial Airport
54 Commercial Airport Under Construction
55 Library
56 Show Ground, Race Course, Airfield
57 Parks, Gardens
58 Educational include Kindergarten
60 Sheep Grazing Dry
61 Sheep Breeding
64 Cattle Grazing Breeding
65 Cattle Grazing Breeding and Fattening
66 Cattle Grazing Fattening
67 Goats
69 Dairy Cattle Milk
70 Dairy Cattle Cream
71 Oil Seed
72A Section 49 Valuation Vacant Urban Land
72B Section 49 Valuation Vacant Other Land
73 Grains
74 Turf Farm
75 Sugar Cane
76 Tobacco
77 Cotton
78 Rice
79 Orchard
80 Tropical Fruits
81 Pineapples
82 Vineyard
83 Small Crops and Fodder Irrigation
84 Small Crops and Fodder Non Irrigation
85 Pigs
86 Horses
87 Poultry
88 Forestry and Logs
89 Animals Special
90 Power Generation
91 Transformer
92 Defence Force Establishment
93 Peanuts
94A Rural Land Vacant
94B Rural Land Dwelling
95 Reservoir, Dam, Bore, Pipeline, Pump Station
96 Public Hospital
97 Welfare Home / Institution
99 Community Protection Centre

 

Appeal against rate category

Ratepayers have the right to object against the differential rate category their land is included in. Our differential general rate is determined by using the unimproved value provided by the Department of Environment and Resource Management, in conjunction with land use codes determined by the us.

A ratepayer may exercise their right of objection by completing and lodging our 'Rates - Objection to rate category' form (see related documents) within 30 days of the date of issue of the rate notice (ie. by the due date of the rate notice). This form is available below via an online option or PDF and also available in Customer Service offices.

We consider objections within 5 working days of receipt of notice of the objection. The ratepayer will be advised in writing of our decision and the necessary adjustments will be made to the property if approved. In assessing any objection, we will consider information held in its land records and where necessary, undertake a property inspection to establish actual land use.

Related documents

Rates - Objection to rate category form (online) - form also known as the Notice of objection against categorisation for differential rating.

Rates - Objection to rate category form (PDF for print) - form also known as the Notice of objection against categorisation for differential rating.

 

Related links

Understanding rates & charges