Declaration & Valuations

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Valuation Method

All land within a Council area, except for land specifically exempt (eg Crown land, Council occupied land) is rateable. The Barossa Council has decided to continue to use capital value as the basis for valuing land within the Council area. The Council considers that this method of valuing land provides the fairest method of distributing the rate burden across all ratepayers on the following basis:

  • The equity principle of taxation requires that ratepayers of similar wealth pay similar taxes and ratepayers of greater wealth pay more tax that ratepayers of lesser wealth;
  • Property value is a relatively good indicator of wealth and capital value, which closely approximates the market value of a property, provides the best indicator of overall property value.

The Council in accordance with Section 167(2)(a) of the Local Government Act 1999, has adopted for rating purposes the Valuer-General's valuations of capital value in relation to the area of the council.

If you are dissatisfied with a property valuation then an objection may be made to the Valuer-General in writing, within 60 days of receiving notice of the valuation, explaining the basis for the objection - provided you have not:

  • Previously received a notice of this valuation under the Local Government Act, in which case the objection period is 60 days from the receipt of the first notice; or 
  • Previously had an objection to the valuation considered by the Valuer-General. 

The Valuer General can extend the objection period given reasonable cause. 

Objection forms can be downloaded or completed online on the Land Services Group Website

The address for lodging and objection is: State Valuation Office, GPO Box 1354, Adelaide SA 5001, Email: phone 1300 653 345. The Council has no role in this process. It is important to note that the lodgement of an objection does not change the due date for payment of rates.

Notional Values

The Valuation of Land Act 1971 provides for Notional Values.  Notional Values are concessional values based on the actual use of the land in certain circumstances and not the highest and best use of the land.  It is a statutory value less than the market value of the property.

Notional Values can be applied to properties used for business of primary production to encourage the retention of primary production land where there is pressure to alter the use away from primary production.

The effect of Notional Values is that any potential enhancements to value not associated with the primary production use of the land are disregarded when the value of the property is assessed, eg. primary production land with potential for residential subdivision.

For more information please see fact sheet link below