Deferral of Local Infrastructure Contributions Payments (Temporary Coronavirus Relief)
On 1 April 2020, Council resolved to allow the deferral of local infrastructure contribution payments until prior to the issue of an occupation certificate to assist the community, local businesses and industry during this time of Coronavirus emergency [Mayoral Minute No: MM04/20-26]. Developer contributions are usually paid prior to the issue of a Construction Certificate, just before construction works commence on a site. Deferring this payment, until just before an Occupation Certificate is issued, is another way Council can help support local development across Cumberland City during this unprecedented period.
UPDATE: On 18 November 2020, Council resolved (MM11/20-43) to cease the temporary COVID-19 deferral arrangements for the payment of local infrastructure contributions effective 1 January 2021. As of 1 January 2021 the NSW Government’s, Environmental Planning and Assessment (Local Contributions – Timing of Payments) Direction 2020 will apply.
I am about to commence construction, how do I get my request for defer payment of contributions approved?
Simply write to Council and include all relevant supporting documentation. Your request will be assessed by Council staff, and if your request is eligible for deferral of contribution payment to before Occupation Certificate stage, then we will confirm this for you in writing.
If my request for deferred payment of contributions is approved, when do I pay?
If you request is approved, you will need to pay the local infrastructure contributions prior to an Occupation Certificate being issued. If you or someone else occupies the building/s in question without payment of these contributions due and without an Occupation Certificate being issued, then this constitutes illegal occupation of the building and Council will be able to pursue legal action.
How do I pay my contributions when they are due?
You can pay your contributions via an electronic funds transfer. Please contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 8757 9000 if you need assistance.
The funding of local infrastructure is assisted in part by developer contributions known as Section 7.11 or Section 7.12 contributions.
Councils in NSW have the ability to levy developers for contributions towards local infrastructure under the Environmental and Planning Assessment Act (EP&A). The Cumberland Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan addresses how Council will assess, collect, spend and administer developer contributions.
Council’s Cumberland Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan describes anticipated development, population forecast, infrastructure needs and the contribution to be paid by a development towards infrastructure provision.
Contributions apply to all development applications, except for development exempt under the plan and contributions are due in accordance with the plan or consent conditions approved by Council. The type of contribution that applies depends on the development type. For general guidance on development types and contribution type click here, for a detailed explanation refer to Part 4 of the Cumberland Contribution Plan.
The Cumberland Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan came into effect on the 15 January 2020, and applies to all land within the Cumberland Local Government Area.
For new rates refer to the below. Note that the contribution rates are adjusted quarterly, influenced by the Sydney Consumer Price Index (CPI) and that CPI continue to apply to approved development applications until paid. Prior to issuing of a complying development certificate, contributions must be paid to Council.
The following Contribution Plans applied to development applications received prior to the 15 January 2020. These Plans no longer apply except for site specific contribution rates for site specific lands, identified in the Cumberland Local Infrastructure Contributions Plan and development application approved prior to the 15 January 2020.
Cumberland Contribution Rates - effective 15 January 2020
View the current indexed Cumberland Contribution Rates (PDF, 231KB)
Should you have any questions regarding Development Contributions and Planning Agreements, please contact Council on 02 8757 9000.