Development Contributions are a contribution toward provision or improvement of amenities or services, in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 - Sect 7.11.
Examples of when you will have to pay development contributions
Please note that development contributions are not limited to the below development types, this is a guide only.If you are unsure about a calculation or how a levy may apply to your development, please call the team on 02 4921 0333 or email your enquiry to email@example.com.
|General development types where levies apply||Calculation based on|
|Subdivision or creation of new lots||Each new lot created|
|Granny flat/secondary dwelling or dual occupancy dwelling||per dwelling|
|Development of multiple dwelling housing or more than one dwelling on a lot||Overall occupancy*|
|Development of a seniors housing facility||per dwelling|
|Development of a residential care facility||Per bed calculation|
|Development of a moveable dwelling site||Long and short term sites|
|Development of a tourist or visitor accommodation or bed and breakfast site||Per room|
|Development of a group home, boarding house, hostel or hospital||Per bed calculation|
While commonly referred to as granny flats, NSW Planning legislation identifies this development type as a secondary dwelling.
* To find out how we calculate the overall occupancy, please call or email us.
* Levies can vary depending on which catchment a property address falls under, please call or email us for more information.
* Lake Macquarie City Council does not have exemption from Development Contribution levies for Affordable Housing under the SEPP.
|Business development types where levies apply||Levy calculated on|
|Retail premises (eg shops)||Floor area per 100m2 rate applies|
|Change of use (eg retail to business)||Floor area per 100m2 rate applies|
|Bulky goods premises||Floor area per 100m2 rate applies|
|Business or office premises||Floor area per 100m2 rate applies|
|Storage, industrial or warehouse premises||Floor area per 100m2 rate applies|
|Supermarket||Floor area per 100m2 rate applies|
* To find out how we calculate the rate per 100m2, please call or email us
|Other development types where levies apply||Levy calculated on|
|Childcare centre||PVTs* and number of staff|
|Medical centre or consulting rooms||PVTs* and number of staff|
|Mixed-use development (two or more different land uses)||Usually a mix of occupancy and floor area|
|Other development not listed||Please contact Council|
* PVTs mean peak vehicle trips
- If development contributions apply to your development, the amount payable is detailed under s7.11 in the consent
- Contributions must be paid in full prior to the release of a subdivision, construction or occupation certificate (whichever comes first)
- See our glossary of terms for definitions of terms used in our plans
Examples of when you will not have to pay a development contribution
- One single dwelling on a single lawfully approved lot
- Retaining walls
- Boundary adjustment
- Swimming pools/awnings/garages /decks
- Extensions to an existing single dwelling (e.g. adding a bathroom or bedroom)
- Strata title subdivision
- Any use that stays the same as the current approved use (excluding extra floor extra) e.g. retail to retail
- Social housing (please contact Council for advice on this type of development)
Development 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 on 15 February, 15 May, 15 August and 15 November each year.
A land value index applies to the Northlakes, Morisset, Glendale, Charlestown and Toronto catchment plans for land to be acquired in these locations.
What is a development contribution plan?
Before Council can charge a contribution, we must adopt a development contribution plan. These plans identify public services and amenities that are needed to meet the demand of development.
Existing development contribution plans
- Belmont Contributions Catchment
- Charlestown Contributions Catchment
- Glendale Contributions Catchment
- Toronto Contributions Catchment
- No.2 Northlakes (2004)
- No.5 North Wallarah Peninsula (2004)
- No. 6 Hillsborough Road (2007)
- Morisset Contributions Catchment
Complying development certificate contributions with a private certifier
A development contribution will still apply to a development when lodged through a private certifier.
If you have lodged a complying development certificate with a private certifier, the private certifier must provide us with the following:
- property address
- floor plans of the existing development, showing dimensions. For residential developments, the number of bedrooms are required and for industrial/commercial, the gross floor area or gross leasable floor area is required
- floor plans of the proposed development, showing dimensions
Send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we receive the required information, we will assess it and send a letter allocating the complying development certificate reference number. The certificate reference number needs to be used in any further correspondence with Council about the contributions.
We will also send a development contribution condition detailing the total contribution, standard conditions relating to the applicable plan and timing of payment.
Page last updated: 29 June 2018