Landscape levy

We all benefit from our region's landscapes...

Our livelihoods, lifestyles and landscapes are all closely linked to the soil, water, native plants and animals around us. With more than 80% of our region under agricultural production, the sustainable use of our soils and water assets is critical to our long-term prosperity as a region.

We recognise that everyone who lives and works in the region has an impact on the environment. As such, we all share the responsibility and cost of caring for our land, water, native plants and animals, and coastal areas.

What is the landscape levy?

There are two types of levy. All ratepayers will see an amount on their council rates notice that contributes directly to managing our landscapes. This is known as the landscape levy (previously the NRM levy). The water levy is based on the allocation and use of water by licensed water users. It is collected by the Department for Environment and Water and provided to the Board.

The landscape levy, which is collected by councils on behalf of the Board, is paid by property owners in the Northern and Yorke region to help fund the work needed to protect and enhance the environment and contribute towards sustainable production.

All land and water levies are capped by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which helps to address the cost-of-living pressures for households and businesses.

Frequently Asked Questions

To find out more about the landscape levy, read our responses to these FAQs:

  • What is the landscape levy?
  • What does the landscape levy pay for?
  • I live in a town, not on a farm, so why do I have to pay the landscape levy?
  • Can I have an exemption from paying the landscape levy?
  • How is the landscape levy calculated?
  • Why has my landscape levy increased this year?
  • Why has my landscape levy decreased this year? Will I get less service from the Board?
  • Will levy equalisation result in more revenue for the Board?
  • Who determines the capital value of my property?
  • What is the aim of the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board?
  • Where can I learn more about the Board and its work?