A development contribution is a levy on new developments collected under the Local Government Act 2002 to ensure that any development that creates additional demand on council infrastructure contributes to the extra cost that they impose on the community.
Development contributions are assessed on:
- Roading and transport
- Water supply
- Community infrastructure
- Parks and reserves
Development contributions are used for providing new or expanded infrastructure and are only used for the purpose for which they were taken.
Development contributions are usually paid for residential development (new houses), non-residential development (commercial, industrial or retail), subdivisions, and for certain changes of land use.
- Development Contributions Policy 2022 [PDF]
- Development Contributions Policy methodology and options [PDF]
If you’re planning to develop either a commercial, industrial or retail development, you need to fill in the non-residential information form and submit it with either your building consent and/or landuse consent application. This form helps Council assess whether a development contribution will be required for your development.
Re-considerations and objections
Find out how to apply for a reconsideration of a development contribution assessment, or object to a development contribution assessment.
- Development contribution - reconsideration application form [PDF]
- Development contribution - objection application form [PDF]
Previous development contribution policies