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 to be removed
In 2017, the Minister for Planning issued a Direction to NSW councils for contribution rates both in the Local Infrastructure Growth Scheme (LIGS) transition areas and across the rest of NSW.
LIGS transition areas
'LIGS transition areas' in Blacktown City include the North West Growth Area precincts of Alex Avenue, Area 20, Riverstone East, Marsden Park, Marsden Park Industrial, Riverstone, and Schofields.
In LIGS transition areas, the Section 7.11 caps were increased incrementally over a 3 year period:
On 1 July 2020 the $45,000 cap will be removed entirely and the full contribution in accordance with the relevant contributions plan will be conditioned.
Please note: the timing for the application of the contribution is determined by the date of development consent being granted. To be clear, consents determined on or after 1 July 2020 will be levied the full (uncapped) contribution.
The rest of NSW
For the rest of NSW and other areas of Blacktown City, existing thresholds of $30,000 in greenfield areas and $20,000 in infill areas remain. In areas where a contributions plan is proposed that exceeds the thresholds, councils can have their contributions plans plan assessed by IPART to ensure the plan only contains essential local infrastructure.
Cap exempt areas
There are also exemption areas in Blacktown City that are not subject to any contributions cap as stated in the Minister's Direction:
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 advice can be found at the Department of Planning , Industry and Environment's website, or by viewing the Department's planning circular(PDF, 226KB) issued in 2017.
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 email@example.com.
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.