Development contributions

Contributions refers to the money collected to help fund infrastructure that is required as a result of development. The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 sets out the various ways Council collects development contributions and includes:

The contribution is based on the type, location and cost of development and is levied through Development Applications (DAs) and Complying Development Certificates (CDCs), including CDCs issued by accredited private certifiers. Contributions are allocated to capital projects in accordance with the works schedule in the contributions plan or VPA.

Section 7.12 Citywide Contributions Plan (Non-residential)

This plan levies under Section 7.12 of the Act and applies to non-residential development. Contributions are collected and allocated to new or upgraded infrastructure based on the cost of carrying out the development as shown below:

Proposed cost of development Percentage of the levy
Less than and including $100,000 Nil
More than $100,000 (up to and including $200,000) 0.5%
More than $200,000 1%

To calculate your non-residential development contribution, please click on the button below to open the non-residential development contributions calculator page.

Non-residential development contributions calculator

Cost summary report forms

This form is used to provide the total cost of development which is used to calculate the 7.12 contribution fee.

For development applications, the relevant cost summary report is required to be submitted prior to the notice of determination. Private certifiers are required to submit a cost summary report with the application at the time of lodgement to the NSW Planning Portal.

Section 7.11 Contributions Plans (Residential)

These plans levy under Section 7.11 of the Act and apply to residential development (and any other development not levied under the Section 7.12 Plan).

Contributions apply to the following:

  • subdivision
  • multi-dwelling housing based on one, two, or three or more bedrooms
  • dual occupancy dwelling
  • secondary dwelling (granny flat)
  • seniors housing
  • residential care facility
  • movable dwellings
  • tourism and visitor accommodation
  • hostel/boarding house/group homes based on per bed

Enquire for a development contribution fee estimate for your residential development online.

Current Section 7.11 Contribution Plans

No. 5 North Wallarah (2004) - as Amended 2021(PDF, 8MB)
Belmont Contributions Catchment (2021)(PDF, 3MB)
Charlestown Contributions Catchment (2021)(PDF, 3MB)
Glendale Contributions Catchment (2021)(PDF, 7MB)
Morisset Contributions Catchment (2021)(PDF, 5MB)
Northlakes Urban Release Area (2021)(PDF, 7MB)
Toronto Contributions Catchment (2021)(PDF, 5MB)

Planning Agreements (VPAs)

This is another way of providing contributions. Some developments may seek to enter into a Planning Agreement to provide contributions instead of, or in addition to, Section 7.11 or 7.12.

View Planning Agreements




Payment of contributions

Please contact Council with your application number to confirm the current amount owing and receive a BPAY biller code and reference. Payments can also be made by post, over the phone, or in person at Council’s administrative building. Your consent will outline at what stage the contribution is to be paid. This is usually before the issue of a Construction Certificate or Subdivision Certificate (whichever comes first), or in the case of a CDC, before any work commences as authorised.

The contribution amount is subject to indexation and will continue to be indexed until paid in full. Council indexes and adjusts four times a year in accordance to the contributions plans, by close of business on 14 February, 14 May, 14 August and 14 November.

Development contributions are a levy imposed on your development consent. Contributions are not a fee and do not attract GST, therefore you will not receive an invoice. If you require a receipt of payment, please contact our customer service team who will provide a receipt after full payment has been made.