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Section 7.11 and 7.12 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 allows Councils to charge developers contributions for the public infrastructure that is needed to support new development and provide for the community. Infrastructure that is funded by these contributions can include a new playground or community buildings or road upgrades or the like. The priorities for the plans are outlined in the Operational Plan.

Contributions may be in the form of cash payments, transfer or dedication of land to Council, or the provision of a material of public benefit (generally known as works-in-kind).

For Council to levy contributions there must be a clear link between the proposed development and the need for the public infrastructure. The purpose of each Contributions Plan is to determine the contribution rates and means of providing the public services and amenities necessary as a result of proposed development within the specific area.

Part 7 Infrastructure contributions and Finances, Subdivision 2 of the EP&A Act, 1979 refers to Planning Agreements. A Planning Agreement is a voluntary arrangement between a developer and one or more Council’s and/or other planning authorities, where the developer agrees to: dedicate land free of cost, pay a monetary contribution or provide any other material public benefit, or any combination of them. This will be used or put towards public infrastructure or another public purpose.

Council’s Planning Agreements Policies set out the principles and procedures relating to the use of Planning Agreements. Until such time as a consolidated Planning Agreement Policy is implemented, the policies of the former Gosford and Wyong Local Government Areas Council’s remain applicable.

Council’s Planning Agreements Register provides further information on the active and completed Planning Agreements that have been entered into. Please click through to the following for more information PDF iconFormer Wyong Planning Agreement Register

How much are the contributions?

Council indexes and adjusts Contribution rates quarterly, in accordance with publication of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This occurs on 1 February, 1 May, 1 August, and 1 November each year.

Council will confirm the fees payable upon determination of an application. Download a copy of the  residental development rates by district.

The contributions for water and sewer in accordance with the Water Management Act are indexed annually on 1 July by the CPI rate supplied annually by the Independent Pricing & Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

When are contributions payable?

Payment of contributions is required at specific points of the development process. For development consents:

  • involving subdivision, payment is required prior to the release of the Subdivision Certificate
  • involving building work, payment is required prior to the release of the first Construction Certificate
  • involving both subdivision and building work, payment is required prior to the release of the Subdivision Certificate or the first Construction Certificate, whichever occurs first
  • where no Construction Certificate or Subdivision Certificate is required, payment is required prior to issue of the first Certificate of Occupancy

How can contributions payments be made?

Following are the options for making contributions payments:

1. Cheque

Contributions can be paid by cheque/s presented for the amount payable and made out to “Central Coast Council”. Please ensure that the application number and description of payment are clearly described on any documentation attached to the cheque/s, e.g. “DA/100/2012 – Contributions payment”. Cheques can be sent by post, or presented in person to the cashier at Council Chambers located in Hely Street, Wyong or Mann Street, Gosford.

2. Online / Internet

Contributions can be paid by credit card online at Council’s webpage. You will need the Application Key number (located on the Development Consent), and the total amount payable (including any relevant indexation) to complete an online payment.

Note: the application key number is not available for privately certified Complying Development Certificates.

3. Cash / Pay in Person

Contributions can be paid in cash to the cashier at the Wyong Council Chambers located in Hely Street, Wyong. Please ensure that the Application Number and description of payment are clearly described. e.g “DA/100/2012 – Contributions payment”.

4. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

Contributions can be paid via EFT (for Council applications or for quotes issued) by following the steps below:

a) Deposit the money into Council's bank account as follows:

Bank: Westpac
BSB: 032 528
Account Number: 000080
Account Name: Central Coast Council
Payment Reference: (please quote DA number)

b) Send an email to remittanceadviceseft@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au outlining the following:

Payment amount
Date of deposit
What it was for
(e.g. “contributions payment for DA 100/2012”) requesting a receipt from Council for the payment, once received)

Contribution Plans

Council is in the process of revising contribution plans to streamline their operation across the Central Coast Local Government Area (LGA). In the interim, the Contribution Plans of each of the former Gosford and Wyong Councils remain applicable.

Northern Contribution Plans (former Wyong Local Government Area)

Contributions for Secondary Dwellings (Granny Flats)

All former Wyong Councils Contributions plans provide that a secondary dwelling is 0.35 of a development unit (DU) for the purpose of calculating developer contributions (Note: a DU means the contributions unit that is based on a single standard dwelling or residential allotment or the equivalent in terms of demand for community infrastructure in the relevant district).

The definition of a “secondary dwelling” is as per the dictionary definition of Wyong Local Environment Plan 2013.

Water and Sewerage Contributions

The Water Supply and Sewerage Development Servicing Plan (DSP) details the contributions that are required to be paid by developers towards the provision of water supply and sewerage infrastructure. These contributions are levied under the Water Management Act, 2000.

The DSP was updated during 2014 in accordance with IPART’s methodology and included the rationalisation of the number of DSP areas.

Contributions are collected for water supply and sewerage headworks under the Water Management Act, 2000.

Section 7.11 and 7.12 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 allows Councils to charge developers contributions for the public infrastructure that is needed to support new development and provide for the community. Infrastructure that is funded by these contributions can include a new playground or community buildings or road upgrades or the like. The priorities for the plans are outlined in the Operational Plan.

Contributions may be in the form of cash payments, transfer or dedication of land to Council, or the provision of a material of public benefit (generally known as works-in-kind).

For Council to levy contributions there must be a clear link between the proposed development and the need for the public infrastructure. The purpose of each Contributions Plan is to determine the contribution rates and means of providing the public services and amenities necessary as a result of proposed development within the specific area.

Part 7 Infrastructure contributions and Finances, Subdivision 2 of the EP&A Act, 1979 refers to Planning Agreements. A Planning Agreement is a voluntary arrangement between a developer and one or more Council’s and/or other planning authorities, where the developer agrees to: dedicate land free of cost, pay a monetary contribution or provide any other material public benefit, or any combination of them. This will be used or put towards public infrastructure or another public purpose.

Council’s Planning Agreements Policies set out the principles and procedures relating to the use of Planning Agreements. Until such time as a consolidated Planning Agreement Policy is implemented, the policies of the former Gosford and Wyong Local Government Areas Council’s remain applicable.

How much are the contributions?

Council indexes and adjusts Contribution rates quarterly, in accordance with publication of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This occurs on 1 February, 1 May, 1 August, and 1 November each year.

Council will confirm the fees payable upon determination of an application.

The contributions for water and sewer in accordance with the Water Management Act are indexed annually on 1 July by the CPI rate supplied annually by the Independent Pricing & Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

When are contributions payable?

Payment of contributions is required at specific points of the development process. For development consents:

  • Involving subdivision, payment is required prior to the release of the Subdivision Certificate
  • Involving building work, payment is required prior to the release of the first Construction Certificate
  • Involving both subdivision and building work, payment is required prior to the release of the Subdivision Certificate or the first Construction Certificate, whichever occurs first
  • Where no Construction Certificate or Subdivision Certificate is required, payment is required prior to issue of the first Certificate of Occupancy

How can contributions payments be made?

Following are the options for making contributions payments:

1. Cheque

Contributions can be paid by cheque/s presented for the amount payable and made out to “Central Coast Council”. Please ensure that the application number and description of payment are clearly described on any documentation attached to the cheque/s, e.g. “DA/100/2012 – Contributions payment”. Cheques can be sent by post, or presented in person to the cashier at Council Chambers located in Hely Street, Wyong or Mann Street, Gosford.

2. Online / Internet

Contributions can be paid by credit card online at Council’s customer portal. You will need the Application Key number (located on the Development Consent), and the total amount payable (including any relevant indexation) to complete an online payment.

Note: the application key number is not available for privately certified Complying Development Certificates.

3. Cash / Pay in Person

Contributions can be paid in cash to the cashier at the Council Chambers located in Hely Street, Wyong or Mann Street, Gosford. Please ensure that the Application Number and description of payment are clearly described. e.g “DA/100/2012 – Contributions payment”.

4. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

Contributions can be paid via EFT (for Council applications or for quotes issued) by following the steps below:

A) Deposit the money into Council's bank account as follows:

Bank: Westpac
BSB: 032 528
Account Number: 000080
Account Name: Central Coast Council
Payment Reference: (please quote DA number)

B) Send an email to remittanceadviceseft@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au outlining the following:

Payment amount
Date of deposit
What it was for
(e.g. “contributions payment for DA 100/2012”) requesting a receipt from Council for the payment, once received

Contribution Plans

Southern Contribution Plans (former Gosford Local Government Area)

Water and Sewerage Contributions

The Water Supply and Sewerage Development Servicing Plan (DSP) details the contributions that are required to be paid by developers towards the provision of water supply and sewerage infrastructure. These contributions are levied under the Water Management Act, 2000.

The DSP was updated during 2014 in accordance with IPART’s methodology and included the rationalisation of the number of DSP areas.

Contributions are collected for water supply and sewerage headworks under the Water Management Act, 2000.

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Last updated : Mon 30 Jul 2018