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Planning

Development contributions

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.

Frequently asked questions
  • 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 2000. 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.

Current Contribution Plans

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The Parramatta CBD Contributions Plan (Amendment No.5) applies for land in the Parramatta Central Business District. This Section 7.12/94A Contributions Plan calculates fees for development that needs consent with a cost of works of $250,000 or more. The development cost must be calculated by a suitably qualified person as part of a DA or CDC application.

This requires an accompanying Cost Summary Report for applications valued up to $3 million, or Quantity Surveyors Report for applications valued above $3 million. The contribution fee is levied at three percent (3%) of this amount. For more information, please view this Section 7.12 contribution plan online.

From Monday 20 September 2021, the City of Parramatta (Outside Parramatta CBD) Contributions Plan 2021 applies for all other land in the City of Parramatta LGA excluding the Parramatta CBD and Sydney Olympic Park Authority land. This Section 7.11/94 Contributions Plan replaces eight (8) former contribution plans which used to apply to this area. Instances where development contributions do not apply are listed in Part 1.3 of this plan.  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.

Contribution fees are put towards development-generated demand for local infrastructure in the Outside CBD area over the next 20 years.  This funds 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 detail on these types of contributions are shown in the Works Program Appendices. For more information, please view this Section 7.11 contribution plan online.

Former Contributions Plans

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There are numerous former contributions plans that Council continues to collect development contributions from in accordance with historic DA or CDC applications. The former Development Contributions Plans map shows which development contributions plan applied to land within the City of Parramatta LGA prior to 20 September 2021. These include:

For more information on previous plans, visit one of the links above and your development consent to consider whether these former contributions plans are relevant for you.

Draft Contributions Plans

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Council has also recently exhibited the Draft Parramatta CBD Local Infrastructure Plan which intends to replace Parramatta CBD Development Contributions Plan 2007 (Amendment 5) The Draft Plan proposes increasing existing contribution rates above 3 per cent for both residential and non-residential development and includes approximately $2 billion of local infrastructure works to be provided by Council over the next 40 years.

This draft contribution plan was on exhibition from 9 August until 20 September 2021. You can view the exhibition material via our Participate Parramatta webpage.

Voluntary planning agreements

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Voluntary planning agreements (VPAs) may be accepted as an alternative to development contributions.

A VPA is an agreement entered into by Council and a developer during Council's consideration of a rezoning application (planning proposal) or a development application.

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.

Making an offer

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.