Under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and accompanying Regulation, development contributions provide funding for local infrastructure including community facilities, libraries, new open spaces, open space embellishment and traffic management projects.
Development contributions are generally payable when:
- Demand is created through subdivision of land, additional housing (increased density such as terraces villas, townhouse and apartments, secondary dwellings, boarding houses) – a direct contribution under Section 7.11 to fund the need for more infrastructure
- Any development that does not relate to increase residential density (as above) is carried out, with the levy based on a fixed percentage – an indirect contribution under Section 7,12 to fund new or improved infrastructure that every resident will benefit from.
A Section 7.12 development contribution is not payable when:
- The proposed cost of development is less than $100,000
- One dwelling is proposed on a recently subdivided lot where a development contribution was paid at time of subdivision
- Retail or commercial fit-out is proposed with no expansion or intensification of use.
Council has adopted two Development Contribution Plans, prepared under relevant sections of the Act:
Council's Direct Development Contributions Plan - Section 7.11
Council's Direct Development Contributions Plan (Section 7.11, previously Section 94)(PDF, 7MB)
Section 7.11 Development Contributions are levied on residential development creating new demand for facilities and infrastructure. Developments that create new demand include (but are not limited to):
- Attached and semi detached dwellings (duplexes, triplexes, narrow lot development including those proposed on existing narrow lots);
- Dual occupancies;
- Multi dwelling housing (town houses, villas, terraces and manor homes)
- Residential apartments (residential flat buildings and mixed use developments including residential)
- Residential subdivision
- Boarding Houses, and
- Secondary dwellings (granny flat)
Section 7.11 Development Contributions are also levied for development creating new demand for carparking in certain centres, including:
- Canley Heights Town Centre; and
- Cabramatta Town Centre
Section 7.11 Development Contributions currently do not apply to land in Horsley Park and Cecil Park.
Section 7.11 Development Contributions are levied on both development applications and complying development certificate applications assessed by Council and Principal Certifiers.
Council's Indirect Development Contributions Plan - Section 7.12
Council's Indirect Development Contributions Plan (Section 7.12, previously Section 94A)(PDF, 487KB)
Section 7.12 Development Contributions are levied on both Development Applications or Complying Development Certificate Applications.
Section 7.12 Development Contributions are not levied on development that increases the number of dwellings on a site, with Section 7.11 applying to those developments.
Section 7.12 Development Contributions are calculated as a percentage of the total cost of development, as below:
Proposed cost of development
Up to $100,000
$100,001 to $200,000
0.5% of the total cost of development
More than $200,000
1.0% of the total cost of development
Enquiries and Development Contribution Quotes
You can now get an online estimate of your Development Contributions fee:
Development Contributions Fee Estimator
Alternatively, to request a section 7.11 Development Contribution Quote for your development, or for more information, please call Council's Customer Service team on 9725 0222.
As Section 7.12 Development Contributions are based on a percentage of the total development contribution, quotes are generally not provided. However, the 'cost Report- Section 7.12 Levy Form' provides guidance on what development costs to include in the calculation. This form can be found on Council's Forms and Fact Sheets page.
To request a Development Contribution Quote for your development, or for more information, please call Council’s Customer Service team on 9725 0222.