Development Contributions

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

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

Examples of when you will not have to pay a development contribution

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

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:

Send the information to

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