Development contributions

Sections 7.11 and 7.12 (formerly Sections 94 and 94A) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 allows Council to charge developers contributions for public infrastructure necessary as a consequence of new development provided a contributions plan is in place.

Contributions may be in the form of cash payments, transfer or dedication of land to Council, works in kind or the provision of a material public benefit (e.g. either works in kind, provision of public amenities, or services not included in a contributions plan).

To levy contributions under a Section 7.11 contributions plan, the plan must identify a clear relationship between the expected development and the demonstrated need for the public infrastructure. The contribution rate varies between different contributions plans as the contribution rate is determined generally by the cost of the facilities to be provided and the expected development within the contributions plan.

To levy contributions under a Section 7.12 contributions plan, the plan is not required to identify this  relationship, as the contributions are calculated as a flat rate percentage of the cost of development. The rate of the levy is 0.5% of the cost of development between $100,001 - $200,000, and 1% of the cost of development over $200,001.

Why are developer contributions collected?

Contributions are collected to enable Council to provide public amenities and services as a consequence of new development. These public amenities and services include; embellishment of public open space, community facilities, the public road network, drainage, water quality, environmental protection, land for open space and community facilities and public car parking. Contributions for these facilities are levied in accordance with development contributions plans prepared under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

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) to account for inflation. 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. 

For specific contribution quotes, or indexation of contribution amounts levied on a consent, please contact Council’s Customer Service Section on 1300 463 954 or ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au.

When are contributions payable?

Payment of contributions is required at specific points of the development process (unless other agreements have been made with Council, e.g. Works in kind, bank guarantees, or a Voluntary Planning Agreement). The contributions plans specify when contributions are payable. Generally for development consents the following applies:

  • 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  or Complying Development Certificates
  • 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 , Complying Development Certificates) or Subdivision Certificate is required, payment is required prior to issue of the first Certificate of Occupancy

How can contributions payments be made?

Prior to making payment, please contact Council’s Customer Contact Section on 1300 463 954 or ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au for indexation of contributions already levied in a development consent.

Payments can be made via the following options:

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/100/2018 – Contributions payment”. Cheques can be sent by post, or presented in person to the cashier at our Administration Offices located at 2 Hely Street Wyong or 49 Mann Street, Gosford.

Cash / Pay in Person

Contributions can be paid in cash to the cashier at our Administration Offices located at 2 Hely Street Wyong or 49 Mann Street, Gosford. Please ensure that the Application Number and description of payment are clearly described. e.g “DA/100/2018 – Contributions payment”.

Online/Internet (Former Wyong Contributions Plans Only)

Contributions can be paid by credit card at our either Administration Offices. You will need the Application Key number (located on the Development Consent or quote), and the total amount payable (including any relevant indexation) to complete an online payment.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

All enquiries regarding payment by Electronic Funds Transfer contact Council on 1300 463 954 or by email: ask@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

Voluntary Planning Agreements

Section 7.4 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979, refers to Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs). A VPA 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, provide a material public benefit, or any combination of the above, for public infrastructure or another public purpose.

View Council’s Planning Agreements Policy.

Council’s VPA Register is available to view upon request.

Are there other contributions that apply?

Water and Sewer contributions may apply towards the provision of water supply and sewerage infrastructure. These contributions are levied under the Water Management Act, 2000.

View more information about Water and Sewer Development.
 

Contribution Plans

Northern Contribution Plans (former Wyong Local Government Area)

Southern Contribution Plans (former Gosford Local Government Area)

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Last updated : Thu 11 Jun 2020