Development contributions

What are contributions?

The term contributions, refers to money collected to help fund infrastructure that is required as a result of development.

The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act) sets out the various ways Council collects development contributions. These include:

Section 7.12 Citywide Contributions Plan (non-residential development types)

This plan levy 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 the development
Percentage of the levy
Less than and including $100,000
Nil
More than $100,000 and up to and including $200,000
0.5 per cent
More than $200,000
One per cent

Cost of development forms for the 7.12 Plan are available online:

Mixed-use development with two or more residential dwellings, tourism development with three or more dwellings, and development where a haulage levy applies, is levied under Section 7.11

Section 7.11 Contributions Plans (residential development types)

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. Section 7.11 Plans apply to Morisset, Toronto, Charlestown, Belmont, Glendale, Northlakes (Cameron Park) and North Wallarah (Murrays Beach).

Contributions are collected and vary depending on which plan applies 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

Current Section 7.11 Development Contribution Plans

Planning Agreements

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.

Current and completed Planning Agreements

How do I pay the contribution?

Payment can be made by direct debit transfer, cheque or by credit card/EFTPOS. For payment instructions, please email developmentcontributions@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

When is the contribution made?

The contribution is based on the type and cost of development and its levies through Development Applications (DAs) and Complying Development Certificates (CDCs), including CDCs issued by accredited private certifiers.

The contribution amount is subject to indexation until the date of payment. The contribution is payable at the time specified in the consent, which for a DA is generally before the issue of a Construction Certificate or Subdivision Certificate (whichever comes first); for a CDC before any work authorised by the Certificate commences.

Contributions are allocated to capital projects in accordance with the works schedule in the contributions plan (or VPA).

Accredited private certifiers

Accredited private certifiers have the same obligations as Council when issuing certificates. They are required to impose a requirement (condition) to pay contributions on Complying Development Certificates and to ensure that contributions have been paid. Contact developmentcontributions@lakemac.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Contribution rates

Costs vary according to the size of the development and the location of it in the City.

Council indexes and adjusts development contribution rates four times a year, in accordance with the indexation provisions contained within the contributions plans. This occurs by close of business on the 14 February, 14 May, 14 August and 14 November each year.

A land value index applies to the Northlakes(PDF, 91KB) , Morisset(PDF, 22KB) , Glendale,(PDF, 89KB) Charlestown(PDF, 89KB) , Toronto(PDF, 22KB) and Belmont(PDF, 88KB) catchment plans for land to be acquired in these locations.

If you need more information please contact the development contributions team on developmentcontributions@lakemac.nsw.gov.au or call customer service on 4921 0333