Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL)

From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government is introducing a fairer system for funding our community's fire and emergency services. Previously, these services were funded by a levy on insurance, which is being removed from 1 July. From this time, all properties, not just insured properties, will directly contribute to the cost of these services through the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL).

The FESL will be paid alongside your council rates. Like Council rates, you may pay the FESL annually or quarterly. 

The FESL paid will, in part, depend on your property's classification as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial or public benefit, and whether or not the land is vacant. 

If you disagree with your property's classification, you can request a review by completing the form below.


Questions about the reform?
Contact NSW Treasury on 1300 787 872 or visit

Questions about changes to your insurance premium?