Developers pay a contribution to the Council towards the extra load their developments place on the infrastructure of the Shire. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) gives Council the power to collect these contributions.
Contributions are collected under Section 7.11 or Section 7.12 of the Act, or Council may enter into a Planning Agreement as provided for under Section 7.4 of the Act.
NOTE: The Act was updated on 1 March 2018. Section 93F became section 7.4, Section 94 became Section 7.11 and Section 94A became Section 7.12.
Section 7.11 Contributions
Section 7.11 Contributions (formerly known as Section 94 Contributions) are imposed on residential development in accordance with a Contributions Plan. The Plan specifies the base contribution rates that developers need to pay, and the services and facilities that the funds are to be spent on.
Money collected is used to help provide parks, road and traffic improvements, community centres, bushfire and other services.
Council’s current Development Contribution rates
- Major - Detached Dwelling House Development and Subdivision (per dwelling or Lot)
- Minor - Detached Dwelling House Development and Subdivision (per dwelling or Lot)
- Dual Occupancy, Medium Density, Multiple Dwelling or Mixed Use Development (per Dwelling)
- Housing for Older People or People with Disabilities
- Section 7.11 Contributions Fact Sheet
Section 7.12 Contributions
Section 7.12 contributions (formerly known as Section 94A contributions) are imposed on non-residential development. They are calculated as a flat rate levy on the cost of development, and are charged at 0.5% of the value of developments between $100,000 - $200,000 and 1% of the value of developments above $200,000. Money collected through a Section 7.12 levy is spent on services and facilities identified in the Section 7.12 Works Schedule included in Council’s current Contributions Plan.
A Planning Agreement is an alternative means of providing developer contributions and allows for a more flexible approach to the collection and expenditure of developer contributions. Council has recently adopted a Planning Agreements Policy which establishes a framework to guide the preparation of planning agreements in a manner that is efficient, fair, transparent and accountable. Councils Statement of Business Ethics should also be followed in the preparation of Planning Agreements.
Council's Development Contributions Planning Coordinator on 4677 1100 or firstname.lastname@example.org