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Developer Contributions

Section 94 and 94A contributions are a payment made by developers to allow Council to construct or provide the public infrastructure, amenities and services required for new residents and businesses. Section 94 and 94A are part of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act which enables councils to levy contributions.

Section 94 and 94A contributions are imposed as a condition of development consent or complying development, and can be satisfied by dedication of land, a monetary contribution, a material public benefit or a combination of some or all of the above.

West Dapto Release Area Section 94 Contributions Plan applies to all land within the West Dapto Release Area stages 1 and 2.

Wollongong Section 94A Development Contributions Plan applies to the rest of the city.

 

Determines the requirement for a development to pay a contribution pursuant to section 94A of the EP&A Act 1979 to assist Council to provide the appropriate public facilities which are required to maintain and enhance amenity and service delivery within the City. This Plan applies to all land within the Wollongong Local Government Area excluding Stages 1 and 2 of West Dapto Urban Release Area.

A Section 94A Plan allows a levy to be paid based on the value of the development.

The levy applies to all residential, commercial, retail and industrial development applications and complying development certificates.

  • For a development with a value of between $100,000 and $200,000 a levy of 0.5% applies.
  • For a development with a value greater than $200,000 a 1% levy applies.
  • Within the Wollongong city centre a 2% levy applies to certain developments within the B3 Commercial Core zone.

A Section 94A levy does not apply to development with a value of less than $100 000.

There are other developments which may be considered for full or partial exemptions from the levy and these are detailed within the Contributions Plan.

The levy is required to be paid to Council at the time specified in the condition of consent. This is normally before the construction certificate or complying development is released.

 

 

Determines the requirement for a development to pay a contribution pursuant to section 94 of the EP&A Act 1979 towards the provision, extension or augmentation of public amenities and public services that will, or are likely to be required as a consequence of development in the West Dapto Release Area.

For residential development a total contribution rate of $30,000 per dwelling/lot applies. This rate is at the limit imposed by the State Contributions Cap of $30,000.

To encourage more affordable housing, Council has introduced a reduced contribution rate for:

  • Dual occupancy of $20,000 for the additional dwelling (less than 125m2);
  • Multi-dwelling housing, residential flat buildings, seniors living, shop-top housing (residential component), of $15,000 per dwelling (less than 125m2) for up to five additional dwellings and $10,000 per dwelling (less than 125m2) for more than five additional dwellings;
  • Subdivisions of more than 50 lots levy at a rate of 13 lots per hectare ($390,000) if 15 or more lots per hectare is approved, based on the net residential density of the land zoned for residential use
​The reduced contribution rates are to be reviewed after two years, or as part of the completion of the West Dapto Review.

 

For industrial or employment land, the contribution rate has been set on a per hectare basis at approx. 10% of the residential rate excluding Community Facilities & Open Space contributions. The rate is indexed quarterly.

Planning Agreements Register

In accordance with Clause 25F of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulation 2000, Council maintains a register of planning agreements (including any amendments) that apply to the Local Government area. To view the register, visit our Planning Agreements Register page.

Development Contributions Register

In accordance with Clause 34 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, Council must maintain a contributions register which records the following details:

  • particulars sufficient to identify each development consent for which any such condition has been imposed,
  • the nature and extent of the section 94 contribution or section 94A levy required by any such condition for each public amenity or service,
  • the contributions plan under which any such condition was imposed,
  • the date or dates on which any section 94 contribution or section 94A levy required by any such condition was received, and its nature and extent.

View Development Contributions on the Wollongong City Council Development Contributions Register.

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