Section 7.11 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act, 1979 (EP&A Act) enables consent authorities (usually local councils) to levy developer contributions, as a condition of development consent, towards the cost of providing local public infrastructure and facilities required as a consequence of development. The power to levy a contribution relies on there being a clear nexus between the development being levied and the need for the public infrastructure or facility.
In order to be able to levy developer contributions, the EP&A Act requires councils to prepare and exhibit a Section 7.11 (previously Section 94) contributions plan.
We have a number of Section 7.11 contributions plans across our city that apply to specific areas. Some of our plans are still named 'Section 94 contributions plans'. As these plans are formally reviewed their names will be changed to 'Section 7.11 contributions plans'.
Caps on Section 7.11 contributions in the North West Growth Area reinstated for an interim 6 month period.
The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces recently issued a Section 7.17 Direction to Blacktown City Council, applying an interim six-month cap on local infrastructure contributions at a maximum amount of $50,000 per residential lot or dwelling in the Blacktown Local Government Area from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020.
The Environmental Planning and Assessment (Local Infrastructure Contributions) Amendment Direction 2020 is relevant as it relates to local infrastructure contributions and levies paid under section 7.11 and 7.12 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act).
The Direction applies to developments in areas subject to an IPART reviewed contributions plan or a specified contributions plan, within the meaning of clause 6A of the direction, as in force at 28 July 2017. It does not apply to development on the following land :
1980’s Release Area in the Section 94 Contributions Plan No.1 – 1980’s Release Areas
catchment area in the Section 94 Contributions Plan No.2 – Local Roadworks
catchment 2 - Rooty Hill/Mount Druitt in the Section 94 Contributions Plan No.3 – Open Space in Established Residential Areas
the Mount Druitt Development Area in the Section 94 Contributions Plan No.4 – Mount Druitt Development Area
the Parklea Release Area in the Section 94 Contributions Plan No. 5 – Parklea Release Area
the Metella Road Toongabbie Floodplain catchment in the Section 94 Contributions Plan No.15 – Metella Road Floodplain.
More detailed information can be found at the Department of Planning , Industry and Environment's website.
Which Section 7.11 contributions plan applies to my development?
A map showing the approximate catchment boundaries of each contributions plans can be downloaded here (PDF, 872KB).
Please note: not all contributions plans are included in this map. For further inquiries you should email the contributions team at the email address on this page.
A description of each Section 7.11 or Section 94 Contributions Plan can be found below in the drop down menu.
The plans can also be downloaded in the related information section on the right. Hard copies may also be purchased from our Administration Centre at 62 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown.
Can I obtain a quote for my Section 7.11 contributions?
To obtain a written Section 7.11 contributions quote for a proposed development, please complete the Section 7.11 contributions quote request(PDF, 712KB) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quote requests can also be applied for in person at our Customer Service Centre, or by calling (02) 9839 6000.
Please note: all requests must be received by the Contributions Team in writing and quotes will not be provided over the phone. You will receive an email containing the quote.
The Contributions Team will aim to provide the quote within 5 working days.
For Section 7.11 contributions quotes or information on Secondary Dwellings (granny flats) please refer to the section below.
Are Section 7.11 contributions levied on Secondary Dwellings (granny flats)?
Secondary dwellings (granny flats) create a demand for public amenities and services. As such, they are levied Section 7.11 contributions in most circumstances. Further information on secondary dwellings (granny flats) and the applicable Section 7.11 contributions charges can be found here.
Why do granny flat levies differ for different locations in our local government area?
Whether your development is a 150 lot subdivision, a dual occupany, or a secondary dwelling (granny flat), your contribution will be different depending on your development's location and the relevant Section 7.11 contributions plan. In our new north west release areas, Riverstone, Schofields and Marsden Park etc. we need to purchase land and provide new sportsfields and playgrounds for open space and recreation purposes, often at residential values.
As granny flat developments create a demand for these facilities, the contributions in these areas are higher than in our older established areas of the city, which had their facilities provided many years ago.