Development contributions


Development contributions, also known as Section 7.11 contributions (formally Section 94 contributions), are levies charged to developers.

These contributions help fund infrastructure projects needed as a result of the development, to ensure we are sustainably growing our community.

For example, civic works like footpaths, roads or public amenities need to be added to meet the increased demand of the new development.

Development servicing plans

Document  Revision date
Development supply plan - water and sewer 18 September 2014

Contribution policies

Document Revision date
Planning agreements policy 19 June 2006
Works in kind policy  18 November 2005
Development contribution assessment policy 10 November 2016

Frequently asked questions

Where are development contributions spent?

Development contributions help pay for:

  • Public open space
  • Public roads
  • Water supply and sewerage
  • Community facilities
  • Public carparks 

Who pays development contributions?

Developers pay contributions, but smaller residential projects may also be required to pay. 

How do I know if I have to pay?

Contributions are part of the Development Application (DA) or Complying Development Certificate (CDC) process.

You can request a contribution estimate via email before you submit your DA or CDC. 

What are the rates?

How can I pay my contributions?

Payment at Council Office

Visit a council office with your notice of payment to pay by cash, cheque, money order, or a debit or credit card. Check our office locations and opening hours to plan your visit.

Direct Deposit

You can directly deposit money into Council's receiving account by using the following numbers:

BSB: 032-586
Account: 000038

To pay by direct deposit, quote the DA Number followed by NOP in the reference field to ensure your payment is allocated correctly - e.g. DA2021/001 NOP.

Payment by Phone

Call our customer service team on 02 6581 8111 during our opening hours to pay via MasterCard or Visa. Check the current operating hours here.

Remittance Advice

Email your remittance advice and a copy of your Notice of Payment to and to organise.

Can I defer payment?

We do accept deferred payments depending on the project. Learn more about deferring payments in the Development Contribution Assessment Policy or contact us

Why do I have to pay a headworks charge when I pay water rates?

New developments often require new or upgraded utilities to meet the demand and future growth in the development area. Headworks charges are a flat fee to extend and maintain water and sewage infrastructure. Water rates alone don’t cover these costs.