We use capital values as the basis for valuing land. The values are purchased from the Valuer-General each year.

Capital value means the value of your land including any improvements made to your property. Valuation increases have no impact on the total income we collect from rates. They do impact on the proportion of rates you pay.


Vacant land

Vacant land attracts higher rates than residential property. So rates may increase if land remains vacant after the demolition of a building.

Find out more about property valuations.



You have a right to object to a property valuation. To make an objection:

  • set out your grounds in writing
  • lodge it with the Valuer-General.

Objections must be received by the Valuer-General no more than 60 days after the 'date of notice' appearing on the first rate notice issued for the financial year. 

Information about objections can be found on the back of your rates notice. 

The objection does not change the due date for the payment of rates.


Objections can be forwarded to:

State Valuation Office
GPO Box 1354
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: 1300 653 346
Email the State Valuation Office

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