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dhcd.nt.gov.au Page 35 of 35 March 2017, version 12 Key Deadlines Key Date Activity End of January Conditionally Rateable Land Section 142(4)(a) of the Local Government Act allows for a council (if the council wishes) to make a submission to the Minister in relation to conditionally rateable land by the end of January. See more information under heading Conditionally rateable land. Between 1 April and 31 July Adopt municipal, regional or shire plan Section 24(1) of the Local Government Act states that a council must adopt its municipal, regional or shire plan (or revisions to its municipal, regional or shire plan) between 1 April and 31 July in each year and forward a copy of the plan (or the revised plan) to the Agency by the latter date. See more information under heading Publication of draft Plan. Before a council adopts its budget for a financial year CEO certification of assessment record Regulation 24 of the Local Government (Accounting) Regulations provides that before a council adopts its budget for a financial year, the CEO must check all available records to ensure that all rateable land is recorded in the assessment record and certify to the council that, to the best of the CEO's knowledge, information and belief, the assessment record is a comprehensive record of all rateable land within the area. See more information under heading Certification of CEO. On or before 31 July Declare rates It is best practice to declare rates before the beginning of the financial year. Section 155(1) of the Local Government Act provides that a council must, on or before 31 July in each year, declare rates (general rates) on allotments throughout the area to raise an amount for general purposes for the financial year. See more information under heading Rates Declaration. Within 21 days after declaring rates Publish notice of rates declaration Section 158(1) of the Local Government Act provides that within 21 days after declaring rates, the council must publish notice of the rates on its website and in a newspaper circulating generally in the councils area. At least 28 days before the payment of rates or the first instalment of the rates fall due Rates notice payment dates Section 159(1) of the Local Government Act states that at least 28 days before the payment of rates (or the first instalment of the rates) falls due, the council must issue an account for the payment of rates (a rates notice) for each allotment. The rates notice must also state the due date for payment of the rates and, if payment by instalment is allowed, the due date for payment of the first instalment. See more information under heading Rates Notices.
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