Reminder: Property Activation Levy

Darwin CBD property owners – have you overlooked your obligations for the Property Activation Levy?

Owners of vacant land or commercial buildings in the Darwin CBD have new obligations under the Property Activation Levy, effective 1 July 2019.

Even if you are not liable to pay the levy, you may still have obligations to report details on property usage to the Territory Revenue Office.

If you did not declare the current use of your property by 31 July, please read the instructions under ‘initial declaration’ below.

Initial declaration

You should have received a communication from the Territory Revenue Office about registering for the Property Activation Levy. By now, property owners should be registered in our online portal and should have lodged an initial declaration for each of their affected properties.

If you own non-residential property in the Darwin CBD and have not yet lodged your declaration – it’s not too late. To ensure your obligations are brought up to date, please get in touch with us to register and declare the current use of your property before 21 August 2019.

Take steps to activate your property

Tenanting your vacant commercial  building may help to reduce your levy liability.

In absence of a tenant, consider what you can do to activate your property . Regular maintenance, improvements, as well as innovative displays and uses can make a big difference.

See the Commissioner’s Guidelines for tips in activating your property.

Lodging your annual return

The return period runs from 1 July to 30 June annually. An annual return must be lodged before 31 July – the first one will be due by 31 July 2020

If you sell your property mid-year, you will need to lodge a final return with the Territory Revenue Office within 30 days of the transfer date. Similarly, if you subdivide or consolidate lots on your property, additional reporting requirements arise.

For more information, visit our dedicated information page or contact the Territory Revenue Office.

Phone: 1300 305 353
Email: ntrevenue@nt.gov.au

Last updated: 14 August 2019

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