Local governments impose rates on properties to raise revenue to fund the services and facilities provided to residents and visitors.
Under section 6.74 of the Local Government Act 1995, a local government may apply in the form and manner prescribed to the Minister for Local Government to have land within its district revested in the Crown if rates for that land have been unpaid for at least three years.
In addition to the land having unpaid rates the land must also be rateable land and vacant – that is, clear of any improvements other than merged improvements (as defined in the Valuation of Land Act 1978).
This document outlines the requirements for local governments applying for land to be revested in the Crown, particularly the need to liaise with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage prior to making an application to the Minister.
This document supplements Local Government Operational Guideline: Number 22 - Possession of Land for Recovery of Rates and Service Charges.
1. Before making an application under section 6.74 for the revestment of any land in the Crown a local government is to —
(a) give notice of its intention to do so if the rates, service charges,
costs and expenses are not paid by the date specified in the notice (being a date not less than 30 days from the date of service of the notice) to —
(b) cause a copy of the notice of intent to be published in the Government Gazette.
2. A notice of intent under subregulation (1) is to contain a statement that the person to whom the notice is issued may, within 30 days of the date of the notice, lodge an objection to the revestment.
3. The local government is to consider all objections received to the revestment under this regulation.
78. Form of application etc. prescribed (Act s. 6.74)
1. For the purposes of section 6.74(1), an application by a local government to have land revested in the Crown is to be in the form of Form 6.
2. For the purposes of section 6.74(2), the grant by the Minister of an application by a local government to have land revested in the Crown is to be in the form of Form 7.
It is a requirement of the Local Government Act 1995 that an application be submitted to the Minister for Local Government to have land on which rates have not been paid for three years, to be revested in the Crown estate. While the decision to grant
or refuse an application to have land revested rests with the Minister for Local Government, the determination is made in conjunction with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage as the State must decide whether or not the land is acceptable
Before an application is submitted, local governments will need to consult the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage to discuss the land to be revested and possible alternate uses of that land. Local governments can do this through the Crown Land Enquiry Form on the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage website.
Certain items on a Record of Title for the Land can prevent a revestment from proceeding Items such as memorials, limitations, interest and encumbrances should all be checked with the appropriate agencies before contacting the Department of Planning Lands and Heritage. Examples include an interests from a bank or financial agency, memorials from the Commissioner of state revenue, fines and infringements.
This consultation must occur for all land proposed to be revested in the Crown, including land that is potentially or which is actually subject to contamination or hazards. Evidence of this will need to be provided when submitting your application.
There are a number of statutory requirements that must be followed before an application is submitted to revest land in the Crown. Guideline 22 outlines these requirements.
As outlined in the guideline, the local government must take possession of the land and give notice to the land owners of the intent to revest the land. This includes publishing the notice of intent in the Government Gazette.
Once the local government has met the statutory requirements outlined in Guideline 22, an application can be made to the Minister to revest the land in the Crown. As the Minister has delegated his powers of refusing or granting an application for revestment
to the Director General of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, applications are to be submitted to the department directly. This can be done by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org although
a hardcopy of Form B3 must be posted to the department.
On receipt of the above, information will be considered to determine if revesting the land is in the best interest of the Crown. The decision will take into consideration advice from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.
If an application to revest is approved, the department will progress the necessary documentation for revestment, including lodging the appropriate forms with the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and Landgate.
Do not submit enquiries with this form.