Review of differential rating

You can apply to VCAT if you are an owner or occupier of land and you are affected by a decision of a council to classify or not classify land as of a particular type.

Make this application for review under section 183 of the Local Government Act 1989.

The provisions of Part III of the Valuation of Land Act 1960 apply to a review under this section with any necessary modifications.

Review of a classification of land

If you are an owner or occupier of land and you are affected by a decision of a council to classify or not classify land as of a particular type you can apply to VCAT. Make these applications under section 183 of the Local Government Act 1989.

Before you apply

You need to have a copy of the first rate notice received with the classification for differential rates that the applicant Definition The person or organisation applying to VCAT. disputes.

Do I need a lawyer or professional representative?

You do not need to have legal or other professional representation to appear at VCAT. If you wish to be represented by a lawyer or a professional advocate, usually you must ask for VCAT's permission.

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We can explain the application process and what the form is asking you for. Contact us to get support.

We cannot give you legal advice. This means we cannot tell you what to write in your application or recommend how to get the outcome you want.

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Access and privacy

VCAT hearings and files are usually public.

VCAT has limited authority to restrict who can access cases and files but, in certain circumstances, you can apply for confidentiality. For more about applying for confidentiality.

Legislation that applies to this type of case

Cases VCAT can hear

VCAT can hear applications for review of a classification for differential rating.

Cases VCAT cannot hear

We cannot hear disputes relating to the definition adopted by a council for a differential rating category.