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Development Contributions for Local Infrastructure

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City of Parramatta Council collects development contributions under a range of plans to fund infrastructure for the community including parks, libraries, traffic and transport infrastructure. The funding of local infrastructure is assisted in part by developer contributions known as Section 7.11 or Section 7.12 contributions.

News Alert

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Council at its meeting of 4 December 2023 resolved to exhibit housekeeping amendments to the Parramatta City Centre Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2022. Draft Parramatta City Centre Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2022 (Amendment No. 2) will be on public exhibition from 29 January to 1 March 2024. For further information on the changes and how to make a submission , please see the Participate Parramatta page.

Contribution Plans

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Council has two (2) contribution plans currently in effect one applies to land within the Parramatta CBD. The other applies to the rest of the LGA. A map showing the application of each plan is provided here.

Current Contribution Plans
  • The Parramatta City Centre Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2022 applies to land within the Parramatta City Centre and repeals Parramatta CBD Development Contribution Plan 2007 (Amendment 5). The Plan applies to all applications lodged from 14 October 2022 as outlined in the public notice.

    On 30 June 2023 the Parramatta City Centre Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan 2022 (Amendment No.1) came into effect. The amended Plan continues to apply to the same land area as identified above but will apply contribution rates of 4% and 5% to the Phillip Street Block – being land bounded by Phillip Street, Smith Street, the Parramatta River, and Charles Street as this block will no longer be within ‘Area A’ as outlined in Figure 2 of the Plan. For more details regarding the amendments refer to Council’s Business Paper of 22 May 2023 and the related public notice.

    This Plan applies to development that needs consent and that has a cost of works of $250,000 or more. The contribution fee is levied as outlined in the table below.

    Parra CBD Rates Table

    Refer to Map to determine relevant area (Area A or Other)

    The development cost must be calculated by a suitably qualified person as part of a DA or CDC application. A Cost Summary Report is required for application with a development cost over $200,000 up to $3 million.

    Where the cost of the development exceeds $3 million, a Quantity Surveyors Report is required to be prepared in accordance with Section 208 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2021.

    Superseded Versions

    Original Version (effective date 14 October 2022) replaced by Amendment 1

     

     

  • On 20 September 2021, the City of Parramatta (Outside CBD) Development Contributions Plan 2021 originally came into effect and applies to all land within the City of Parramatta LGA excluding the Parramatta CBD and Sydney Olympic Park Authority.

    On 9 May 2023 the City of Parramatta (Outside CBD) Development Contributions Plan 2021 – Amendment No.1 came into effect. The amended Plan continues to apply to the same land area as identified above. For more details regarding the amendments refer to Council’s Business Paper of 11 April 2023.

    The latest rates sheet can be found here

    This plan calculates contributions fees on the net increase of new residents, workers and visitors of for various types of development uses in the Parramatta Local Government Area. Some exceptions payment of development contributions are included in Part 1.3 of this plan.

    This Contributions Plan replaces eight (8) former contribution plans which used to apply to this area. More details on the former plans is listed under the heading 'Former Contribution Plans'

     

    Superseded Versions

    Original Version (effective date 20 September 2021) replaced by Amendment No.1

Former Contribution Plans
Frequently asked questions
  • Contribution fees are put towards funding development-generated demand for local infrastructure within the Parramatta Local Government Area. These fees fund infrastructure works such as open space/outdoor recreation, indoor sports courts, community facilities, aquatic facilities, traffic & transport, and plan administration to meet the needs of the existing and future population. More details on these types of contributions are shown in the Works Program Appendices of each Contribution Plan.

  • The Development Contributions Plan map shows where each development contributions plan applies.

  • Development Contributions are often required for a Development Application or Complying Development Certificate. Development contribution fees are shown within a condition of consent.

    Accredited certifiers are responsible for ensuring that a condition is imposed on a complying development certificate in accordance with this Plan. They must notify Council of their determination within two (2) days of making the determination, in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021. Applicants must pay their contribution before commencing the complying development works.

  • Yes. These are listed in the plan relevant to that area and development category.  If your development is exempt from development contributions, this is stated in the Development Application (DA) or Complying Development Certificate (CDC) assessment.

  • Yes. You should get a quote before payment as amounts may have increased (by indexing) since approval was granted. Prior to payment, please contact the Council’s Customer Service Team on 1300 617 058 to confirm your Application number and the indexed contribution amount.

    Or alternatively you may send an email enquiry to the Contributions Inbox at contributions@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

  • To pay, please go to Council’s website and select Online Services > Make a Payment > Applications Payment and include your current payment amount and application number for your DA or CDC.

    Once paid, the funds are held in Council’s financial reserves for use on projects listed within the Works Program of each Development Contributions plan.

  • Contributions rates and outstanding feeds are indexed by Council on a quarterly basis in accordance with the All Groups (Sydney) Consumer Price Index (CPI) released by the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) every 3 months. The CPI releases dates by the ABS generally occur in late January, late April, late July and late October each year. For more information on CPI refer to the ABS website.  

Contributions Register

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Council maintains a Development Contributions Register in accordance with Section 217 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2021.  Due to volume, the information provided is limited to 5 years worth of development application and complying development approvals. Should you require information about older applications, please email your enquiry to Contributions@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

DISCLAIMER:  While every effort is made to provide accurate information within the development contributions register it is noted that some errors or misdescriptions may occur. As such, this information should not be solely relied upon. If you are seeking information about a specific development contribution matter, please email your enquiry to Contributions@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au.

Voluntary planning agreements

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Voluntary planning agreements (VPAs) are a legal agreement entered into between Council and a developer in conjunction with Council's consideration of a rezoning application (planning proposal); a development application; or complying development certificate where the developer agrees to dedicate land free of cost, pay a monetary contribution, or provide any other material public benefit such as infrastructure, amenities, services, affordable housing or improvements to the natural environment.

VPAs can either be in lieu of or in addition to a development contribution payment and this will be negotiated as part of the VPA.

Council has adopted the Parramatta Voluntary Planning Agreements Policy.

 

Planning Agreements Register

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Council maintains a Planning Agreements Register in accordance with Section 206 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2021. This can be viewed as an interactive spatial map, or alternatively a pdf list

DISCLAIMER: While every effort is made to provide accurate information within the planning agreements register it is noted that some errors or misdescriptions may occur. As such, this information should not be solely relied upon. If you are seeking information about a specific development contribution matter, please email your enquiry to planningagreements@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Making a VPA Offer

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If you wish to make an offer to Council to enter into a Planning Agreement the offer should be made using Council’s letter of offer template.

Council has also prepared template documents for the draft legal agreement and explanatory note which must be prepared as part of the Planning Agreement process and which should be reviewed before you make any offer to Council.

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