Fire and Emergency Services Levy

Posted Monday 01 May 2017

From 1 July 2017, the way emergency and fire services are funded in NSW is changing. The State Government is introducing a new system for funding, replacing the existing insurance-based funding system with a Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) to be paid by property owners, collected alongside Council rates. Previously the funds were only collected if individuals and businesses had property insurance however now it is compulsory for all property owners.

This is not a levy from Council. The State Government is requiring councils across NSW collect the funds which are then paid to the State Government. The levy supports the work of Fire and Rescue NSW, the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW State Emergency Service in protecting the community from fire, flood, storms and other natural disasters.

Mosman property owners will be advised of their property’s classification for the FESL in a letter from the State Government which is currently being distributed. The Levy will be on Council’s rate notice from 1 July 2017 and this can be paid quarterly or annually.

For more details and to see the FESL Calculator go to