Council decides what category your property is in based on its characteristics and use based on the following definitions:
Farmland - dominant use, where there is a primary production business activity being conducted which has a significant and substantial nature and a purpose of making a profit. Land zoned as rural does not automatically lead to categorisation as Farmland. Hobby farms do not meet the definition for categorisation as Farmland – Section 515 of the Local Government Act.
Residential - dominant use must be for residential accommodation or be vacant land zoned for residential purposes – Section 516 of the Local Government Act.
Mining - dominant use is for mining coal or metalliferous minerals - Section 517 of the Local Government Act.
Business - If it does not fit either of the above three categories than it must be categorised as Business - Section 518 of the Local Government Act.
The majority of properties on the Central Coast are in the residential category.
If you don’t agree with Council’s categorisation of your property, you can contact us to request a review.
If you still don’t agree with the categorisation following the review, you can appeal to the Land and Environment Court within 30 days of receiving our decision.