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 - 30 April18
Section 94A Development Contributions Plan 2009
The Section 94A Development Contributions 2009 - Update August 2017 became effective on 14 August 2017. The plan applies to the entire Local Government Area and applies to development applications and complying development.
Section 94A Plan 2009 - Updated August 2017 (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 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
|Up to $100,000
|$100,0001 - $200,000
|More than $200,000
|Part B (City Centre)
Applies to all development with an estimated cost of more than $250,000, defined as Residential Accomodation in the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012
|Non Residential Development
A minimum of 60% of the gross floor area of the proposed development must contain a non-residential use as defined by the Newcastle Local Environmental Plan 2012
Applies to all development with an estimated cost of more than $250,000.
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.
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)