Infrastructure Contributions and Planning Agreements

Local Infrastructure Contributions

Under the EP&A Act, CN can obtain local infrastructure contributions as a means of funding local infrastructure required as a result of new development.

 Local contributions are imposed by way of conditions of development consent.  The requirement for a contribution is generally satisfied by paying a monetary contribution, dedicating land free of cost and works-in-kind, or all of the above as determined by the consent authority.
There are two types of local contributions:

  • Section 7.11 contribution where there is a demonstrated link between the development and the infrastructure that the contribution is funding. The contribution rate is charged for residential accommodation.
  • Section 7.12 levies where there does not need to be a demonstrated link between the development and the infrastructure funded from the contribution.  Here, the contribution rate is charged as a percentage of the estimated cost of the development.

Fixed Development Consent Levies (s7.12 Levy)

The Section 7.12 Newcastle Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan became effective on 9 September 2019. The plan applies to the entire Local Government Area and applies to development applications and complying development.

  Section 7.12 Newcastle Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2019 (pdf)

  Cost Summary Report Development cost no greater than $750,000 (pdf)

  Registered Quantity Surveyor's Detailed Cost Report Development cost in excess of $750,000 (pdf) 

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

Part B and Part C of the Plan applies to all development with an estimated cost of more than $100,000 on land within the Newcastle City Centre, including Honeysuckle. 

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) and Part C (Honeysuckle)
Up to $100,000 Nil
$100,001 to $200,000 0.5%
$200,001 to $250,000 1.0%
More than $250,000 3.0%

Western Corridor Development Contribution Plan 2013

The Western Corridor Development 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.

 Current Rates (pdf) - 1 August 2019 - 31 October 2019

 Western Corridor Development Contribution Plan 2013 (pdf)

 Western Corridor Development Contribution Plan Background Document (pdf)

Please note:
 The Western Corridor Contribution Plan does not apply to Sanctuary Estate.  Sanctuary Estate is covered by a Planning Agreement between Landcom and City of Newcastle which prohibits the levying of development contributions in the area included in the Sanctuary Estate Planning Agreement.  A copy of the Planning Agreement can be found using the following link:

Sanctuary Estate Planning Agreement

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).

Planning Agreements Register

A register of all Voluntary Planning Agreements which are in place in the Newcastle Local Government Area