Fire and Emergency Services Levy

From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government is introducing a fairer system for funding our community's fire and emergency services. At present, these services are funded by a levy on insurance, which will be removed from 1 July. From this time, all properties, not just insured properties, will directly contribute to the cost of these services through the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL).
The FESL will be paid alongside your council rates. You will be notified in July of your FESL contribution as part of your council rates notice, or a separate notice for non-rateable properties. Like council rates, you may pay the FESL annually or quarterly.
The FESL paid will, in part, depend on your property's classification as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial or public benefit, and whether or not the land is vacant.
Council has advised all property owners of their classification.

Please note the FESL is a State Government charge. Council's role is to collect the funds and remit these to the Government.

Further details about the FESL are available at or phone the FESL information line on 1300 787 872.

If you disagree with your property's classification, you can request a review by completing either:
  1. Online form or
  2. Download this pdf   Fire and Emergency Services Levy classification review application form  

Post completed form to

The Interim Chief Executive Officer
Newcastle City Council
Attention:  Rates
PO Box 489


Hand deliver to

City Administration Centre
282 King Street
Newcastle  NSW  2300