Rates & Fees

The Lae City Authority is primarily responsible for providing municipal services in the Lae area in accordance with the Lae City Authority Act 2015.

Lae City Authority raises most of its revenue from rates levied against residential and commercial properties. Rates are a contribution each property owner makes towards the cost of essential services (roads, waste collection and storage, and wastewater services), community facilities and infrastructure provided by LCA, as well as regulatory responsibilities transferred to LCA by the National Government through the Lae City Authority Act 2015.

Ministerial direction given is to enable LCA to undertake:

  • All municipal functions and responsibilities in Lae District.
  • The LCA to administer the collection of all fees charges and taxes charged by the LLGs in Lae District.
  • The LCA to be an implementing agency for projects within Lae.
  • The LCA not to interfere with the Local Level Governments law making powers, but to give effect to these local level laws.

Fees and Charges for 2020-2021

Animal Management & Local Laws – Fees & charges for Animal Management and Local Laws: impound release fees; cat registration fees; dog registration fees; regulated dogs; animal permits

Building & Development – Fees & charges for Building & Development: Superseded Planning Scheme request; Preliminary Approvals; Development Applications; Construction fees; Landscape Plans; Changes or extensions to Development Applications/Approvals; Non-Compliance with Self-Assessable Outcomes; Pre-lodgement Services; Compliance check; Infrastructure Charges & Agreements; Planning Instruments, Materials and Copies of Development Applications; Planning, Building & Development Searches and Certificates; Building Services; Lodgement fee; Building Certification Fees.

Burials & Cemetery – Fees & charges for Burials and Cemetery: Administration; burials; inurnments (cremated remains/ashes, columbarium walls, in-ground); mausoleums; memorials; operational charges.

Equipment Hire – Fees & charges for hire of Council equipment – event bin hire; event fencing hire; portable grandstands; advertising panels & banner poles; City Precincts equipment hire.

Licences & Approvals – Fees & charges for Council licences & approvals: amendments; transfers & inspections; health licences & approvals; Local Laws permits; other licences & approvals; Temporary Entertainment Events; Renewals Local Law & Health Licences; Rental Fees; Other Prescribed Activities Under Local Laws (Roadside Vending; commercial use of Council controlled areas)

Regulated Parking – Fees & charges for Regulated parking: on street parking; off street parking; permit parking; search fees for infringement fines & penalties.

Venues – Fees & charges for public venues – Lae Main Market and all other markets, public meeting rooms/areas; community halls; park hire; parks & foreshores; market stalls; sporting grounds; Voco Point; DCA Esplanade; Lae National Botanic Gardens.

Waste – Fees & charges for waste: plumbing; tradewaste; wastewater operations; engineering & maintenance; infrastructure; transfer station disposal fees; Materials Recovery Facility fees; kerbside collection; business recycling.