Property rates is a tax in terms of Section 11 of the Prescription Act 68 of 1969 and the Council may recover rates in arrears for a period of up to 30 years.  The Rates Policy guides the City in all aspects of levying rates on property owners as required by the Local Government Municipal Property Rates Act 6, of 2004 (MPRA).

  • Property Rates are levied as a cent in the Rand based on the market value of the property as reflected in the valuation roll
  • Council levies different rates for different categories of rateable property based on zoning
  • Council through the Rates Policy gives reductions and rebates on certain categories of properties as promulgated
  • Council must review Rates Policy annually
  • Council must conduct public participation on the draft Rates Policy in accordance with Chapter 4 of the Systems Act


For more information regarding Rates Policy review Processes 2017/2018, download the Rates Policy review presentation.


As a reminder, residents are invited to attend the Property Rates Policy Review for Region B on Thursday 2nd February 18:00 to 20:00 Marks Park, Pavilion Room, Judith Rd Emmarentia.

The City of Johannesburg invites all residents and interested parties to give input into the review of the City’s Property Rates Policy. This annual process ensures that resident’s voices are heard so that the Rates Policy remains sustainable and the related tariffs are equitable and affordable.