Development Contributions Rates & Plans

Development Contributions

Section 94 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act allows Council to charge development contributions for public infrastructure necessary as a consequence of new development.  Contributions are generally monetary payments but can also be made by the way of land dedications and works in kind in specific circumstances.

Council must adopt contribution plans before they levy a contribution.  A contribution plan identifies public services and amenities to meet the demand of development;  examples include community facilities, open space (parks, playgrounds, sporting fields), cycle ways and roads.

 Current Rates S94 (pdf) - 1 February 2017 - 30 April 2017

Section 94A Development Contributions Plan 2009

The Section 94A Development Contributions 2009 - Update December 2013 became effective on 13 January 2014. The plan applies to the entire Local Government Area except where the Western Corridor Section 94 Plan 2013 applies. The Plan applies to both development applications and complying development applications.

Where the S94A Plan applies no Section 94 levy will apply.

  Section 94A Plan 2009 - Updated 2015 (pdf) 

Part A of the Plan applies to all development which has an estimated cost of over $100,000.

Part A applies to the entire Local Government Area except the Western Corridor area and the City Centre and collects for various works including community facilities, open space, cycle ways and traffic management.

Part B of the Plan applies to all development with an estimated cost of more than $250,000 on land within the Newcastle City Centre. The purpose of Part B of the Plan is to provide funding towards the public domain projects and special city projects for the Newcastle City Centre.

Proposed Cost of Development

 Maximum % of the Levy

Part A  
Up to $100,000 NIL
$100,0001 - $200,000 0.5%
More than $200,000 1.0%
- -
Part B (City Centre)  
More than $250,000 2.0%**

** The 2% City Centre levy will continue for the remainder of 2016 and will be reviewed in February/March 2017.

 Western Corridor Section 94 Contribution Plan 2013

The Western Corridor Section 94 Contributions Plan 2013 became effective on the 13 January 2014 and applies to all residential accommodation developments in the catchment area. The Plan collects contributions for community facilities, open space and recreation and traffic management.

This plan only applies to the development of land shown in the plan that has not been the subject of a Section 94 contribution imposed under Development Contribution Plan 1, 2005 or Development Contribution Plan 4, 2006.

Where this plan applies the Section 94A Plan 2009 does not apply.

 Western Corridor Section 94 Contribution Plan 2013 (pdf)

 Western Corridor Section 94 Contributions Plan Background Document (pdf)

Planning Agreements Policy

On 15 December 2009 Council adopted a policy to regulate the way in which it will consider, accept and implement offers made by applicants to enter into planning agreements.

The policy becomes effective on the 4 January 2010 and was updated May 2014.

 Planning Agreements Policy 2009 (pdf)

Repealed Contribution Plans

Development Contribution Plan 1, 2005 and Development Contribution Plan 4, 2006 - Transport Facilities in Blue Gum Hills were repealed 27 June 2015.  The repeal of a contribution plan does not affect the previous operation of the plan; contributions levied under Plans 1 and 4 continue to apply in accordance with the relevant consent conditions.

  Development Contribution Plan No 1, 2005 (pdf)

  Development Contributions Plan No 4, 2006 - Transport Facilities in Blue Gum Hills (pdf)


The amount of contribution payable under this condition has been calculated on the basis of the current rate as at the date of consent and is based on the most recent quarterly Consumer Price Index (CPI) release made available by the Australian...

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