New Fire & Emergency Services Levy

From July 1 2017, the NSW Government is introducing the new Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) to fund our states fire and emergency services. These services are currently funded through insurance premiums, meaning homes and buildings not insured do not contribute to the state emergency services. To make the funding more equitable, all properties will be charged the new levy as part of their rates notice from councils.

All money raised through the levy will be passed from councils to the Office of State Revenue.

What this means to you

Council has been tasked with classifying your property as ‘Residential’, ‘Industrial’, ‘Commercial’, ‘Public Benefit’ or ‘Government’ and the FESL is based partly on that classification. Definitions of these classifications can be found at

If you have received your classification and don’t agree with it, please complete this form and return it to

The FESL will be calculated based on your classification and your property’s land value. The new levy amount will show up on your July 1 rates notice. This amount is fixed and cannot be changed.

If you have an insurance policy on your property, you will notice a decrease on the premium amount from 1 July reflecting the removal of the levy for the emergency services (which will now be on your rates notice).

More information

More information about the Fire and Emergency Services Property Levy is available at

If you have any further enquiries, please call the FESL information line on 1300 78 78 72.