Section 94 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 enables Councils in New South Wales to levy contributions upon a development where that development generates an increased demand upon Council's services and facilities. This power is intended to ensure that the existing ratepayers are not required to meet the cost of providing for new roads, community centres, libraries, open space and recreation facilities, the need for which arises from incoming populations occupying new residential developments.
Section 94 can also be applied to non-residential development such as retail, commercial or industrial development, to meet increased demand for carparking, road construction or traffic management.
To implement Section 94, Councils' must prepare a Contribution Plan. The plan identifies and costs all the works/facilities and land acquisitions necessary to meet the needs of the incoming population and calculates what contribution payment is required for each new residential lot, villa, townhouse or apartment.
The Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 places a number of limitations upon Council's use of development contributions, including:
- Funds must be spent on the purpose for which they were collected.
- Contribution plans may only relate to the provision of basic facilities for incoming population.
- The contributions levied by Council must be in accordance with a contribution plan.
Click below to download Council's current Contribution Plans. All Contribution Plans can be purchased from Council.
A copy of Council's current rates Schedule is provided below. Should you have any queries regarding the Schedule or which plan applies to your property, please contact Council's Development Contributions Officer on +61 2 9843 0555.
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