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Developer contributions

Council levies developer contributions under section 94 and section 94A of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 and Section 64 of the Local Government Act 1993.

Developer contributions is a funding mechanism available to Councils that permits the levying of funds (typically a monetary contribution or dedication of land) from developers to provide extra, or upgrade existing public amenities, facilities or infrastructure  that will be required to meet the demand created by the additional development.

Collected contributions funds are used by Council to provide public amenities or public services, including:

  • public open space,
  • public road network,
  • water supply and sewerage networks,
  • community facilities, and;
  • public car-parking facilities,

Council has prepared and adopted contributions plans for public services and amenities that are required to meet the demand of development.  For copies please refer to the Development Contribution and Rates, Plans and Policies.

Calculation of Development Contributions

Contribution rates are adjusted quarterly, in accordance with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Contributions are calculated by Council as part of the assessment process, i.e. either via a Development Application (DA) or Complying Development Certificate (CDC). A contributions estimate can be prepared upon request prior to lodgement of a DA or CDC.

For a contribution rate assessment email S94 Quote.

Deferral of Payment

There are a number of ways Council can help you manage your S94 payments to assist with project cash flow.  For example, it may be possible to defer payments for residential subdivision using a deed with caveat on individual lots or staged payments.  Deferral of payment options are included in Council's  Development Contribution Assessment Policy266KB pdf(PDF, 266KB). Contact the S94 team at Council for the full range of options.

Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPA’s)

Council has entered into planning agreements under Section 93F of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Planning agreements are an alternative funding mechanism available to Council to provide for public facilities within the Local Government Area (LGA). Typically planning agreements are between a planning authority (Council) and a developer. Under a planning agreement, the developer may be required to pay a cash contribution, dedicate land free of cost, or provide a material public benefit which is to be used for a public purpose.

For copies of agreements in force email:  Voluntary Planning Agreement - Copy Request.


This page was last updated on: 04 May 2020