Town hall rates for homeowners are payable in two parts. The first of these is for household rubbish or “basuras” (residuos solidos) which is charged in February with a payment deadline in April. This covers the use of the communal trash bins in the streets, rubbish parks where you can also dispose of garden rubbish and also large rubbish collection, which if you need, you will have to contact the town hall directly to arrange pick up.
In addition, Javea provides the Ecoparc, a site on the Camí de les Sorts next to the dog rescue pound where you can take anything from paper to old beds! The town hall furthermore organises a regular service to clean the bins. Due to heat contamination, food waste should only be placed in bins between 8 pm and 8 am. These services are paid for out of basura contributions.
The second rates bill is known as the IBI (Impuesto sobre Bienes Inmuebles) or the property tax. This is issued in August and the payment deadline is October. The IBI is calculated depending on the size of your living space, and where applicable, the plot of land it is built on.
In addition you may be liable for an extra tax if you have a separate garage space in an apartment block. This is also issued in August.
The Javea town hall have finally relented to letting us pay our IBI, Basura and car tax in instalments. The process is painless and the staff at the Tesoro (treasury) office in Calle Mayor are more than helpful, even speaking a little English for those who have difficulties.
All you have to do is decide which bills you want to pay in instalments –just IBI, IBi and basura or IBI basura and car tax- and take in last year’s receipts to the Tesoro office in Calle Mayor.
You then decide how you would like to pay, 12 monthly payments, 11 payments etc etc. The amount is then calculated to your amount of payments and you are given a payment schedule, which decreases towards the end of the year.
You are given the first payment receipt to take to the bank and you can arrange at the same time to call or email the treasury after that first payment to get the next bill sent by email or you can go to the office each time to pick it up. The payments are made for the 5th of every month.
Unfortunately you can only set it up as a direct debit if you bank with Sabadell Bank. Apparently the town hall offered the service to all banks in the area but Sabadell were the only ones willing to organise it.
So if you are absent during the payment window or just like to take more control of your bills get down to the treasury office. The cut off point for a January payment is Monday 5th of January – after that you must arrange for 11 payments or less.
If you have any queries about whether a bill has been paid, or if you are registered as the person liable to pay, you need to go to the Tesoro office in the Calle Major. Make sure you take your title deeds (escritura) and NIE number along with your passport. The staff here are exceptionally helpful, and some employees speak English.