Infrastructure Contributions and Planning Agreements

Local Infrastructure Contributions

Section 7.11 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.

Fixed Development Consent Levies (s7.12 Levy)

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

Part A
Up to $100,000 NIL
$100,0001 - $200,000 0.5%
More than $200,000 1.0%
Part B (City Centre)
Residential Development
Applies to all development with an estimated cost of more than $250,000, defined as Residential Accommodation 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 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