Living in Dorset

Dorset Council provides community services based on the principles of quality, equity, value and responsiveness.

Visiting Dorset

Dorset has a unique blend of wilderness, wildlife, stunning scenery, mining heritage, secluded beaches and world class golf courses.

Contact us

  • Phone (03) 6352 6500
  • Fax (03) 6352 6509
  • After hrs 1300 858 824

Business community in Dorset

Dorset Council is focused on providing support to potential investors to facilitate sustainable developments large and small.

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Rates & Property

Rates are issued in July each year. Below are information brochures that are mailed with the rate demand and outline how your rates are calculated and also what services are provided by rates paid.

Rates Resolution 2020/21

The 2020/21 rates information brochure is available here

Payment Arrangements Available

We understand that sometimes there are circumstances outside of our control that place pressure on finances. To assist ratepayers through the tougher times, Council offer payment arrangements to those who are facing financial hardship. There are many benefits of entering into a payment arrangement with Council, including:

  • Interest charges are remitted whilst the payment arrangement is maintained;
  • Payment arrangements can be scheduled over a full financial year, allowing you more time to pay your rates; and
  • Council are willing to work with you to tailor a payment arrangement to suit your specific circumstances.

If you would like to make an arrangement to pay your rates, please contact our friendly customer service team to discuss. Alternatively, you can see other available payment options here

For further information regarding rates and charges, please feel free to contact Council Officers on 03 6352 6500 or via email

Would you like to receive your rates notice by email?

Property owners in the Dorset Council area can register an email address and 'Opt in' to receive their Rates Notices electronically.  Click here for more information and to sign up.

Contact details need updating?

Have you recently changed your address, contact number, email address or any other personal details? We rely heavily on your details being up to date to communicate effectively and efficiently with you about rates, dog registrations, customer requests, community issues and an array of other topics! When your details change, please complete the Personal Detail Update form here , or advise Council’s customer service team via (03) 6352 6500 or