Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL)

The Fire Services Property Levy was introduced in 2013 by the State Government as recommended by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. Rather than contributing through insurance premiums, the levy appears on rates notices and is payable along with your rates payment.

The Fire Services Property Levy is NOT a Council charge, but is collected by Council on behalf of the State Government.

The levy means every Victorian property owner contributes their fair share. Eligible pensioners and veterans receive a concession.

How much will I need to pay?

The levy is made up of two components; a fixed charge component ($117 for residential properties and $238 for non residential properties), plus a variable rate calculated against the Capital Improved Value of your property.

CFA Variable Rates (cents per $1000 of capital improved value): *

Property Sector - CFA area

Rate in the $

Residential Land (including vacant residential land)


Commercial Land


Industrial Land


Primary Production Land


Public Benefit Land


Vacant Land (excluding vacant residential land)


* Derived from the State Revenue Office Victoria -


The levy calculated using the following formula:

Levy = fixed charge + (capital improved value x levy rate) - concession of $50 (if applicable)


Example (based on residential property CIV $300,000 with pensioner concession):

Levy amount = $113 + (300,000 x 0.000053) - $50

Levy amount = $78.90

How do I pay the Fire Services Levy?

The Fire Services Property Levy is collected along with your council rates payment. The levy replaces the Fire Services Levy previously charged on building and contents insurance premiums. Council rates can be paid in quarterly instalments from the September quarter or as a lump sum in February.

Lodging an objection 

To lodge an objection to your Fire Services Levy Classification please complete the objection form(PDF, 48KB).

Single Farm Enterprise Exemption

Primary production properties consisting of multiple land parcels but valued as a single property for rates purposes are treated as a single property for the purposes of the FSPL and only pay the fixed component of the levy once.

Any person may apply for exemption from the FSPL fixed charge for Primary Production land under the 'Single Farm Enterprise' criteria. The Single Farm Enterprise Exemption form is available to download using the steps outlined below, or from Council's Customer Service Centres.

Where a Single Farm Enterprise (SFE) holds land in another municipality, an application for all land held by the SFE is to be lodged in each municipality.   


Applying for a Single Farm Enterprise exemption

Step 1.Before you start

You will need a copy of your Rates Notice.

Step 2.Download the Single Farm Enterprise Exemption form

Click on this link to access the form(PDF, 245KB)

As this form is not an online form, you will need to print it to complete it.

Step 3.Complete and submit the form

Complete the form and hand it in at a Customer Service Centre, or email it to

If your application is approved, you will receive an amended rates notice.