Infrastructure Charges

General information

Under the Queensland planning legislation, infrastructure charges are triggered and issued on development approvals for:

  • Reconfiguration of a Lot
  • Material Change of Use 
  • Building Work, and
  • other development 

Under the planning legislation, a levied charge paid to a local government must be used to provide trunk infrastructure. Council’s planning scheme identifies trunk infrastructure in its Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP).

Development approvals issued prior to 1 July 2011:

  • Infrastructure contributions and/or charges continue to apply in accordance with the development approval and legislation at the time issued.

Development approvals issued from:

  • 1 July 2011 are governed by Local Government Charges Resolutions in accordance with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the State Planning Regulatory Provision Adopted Charges.
  • 3 July 2017 are governed by Local Government Charges Resolutions in accordance with the Planning Act 2016 and the Planning Regulation 2017.

The Charges Resolution refers to and is to be read in conjunction with the Local Government Infrastructure Plan contained as within Council's Planning Scheme.

  • The Noosa Shire Council Charges Resolution (No.6) 2021 was adopted on 19 August 2021 by Council.

    The resolution applies to development approvals and charge notices issued from 20 August 2021. 

    Enquiries can be made via email or phone (07) 5329 6211 / 5329 6449 during office hours.

  • The Charges Resolution includes requirements for new development to pay charges towards the provision of trunk infrastructure for:

    • Water Supply & Sewerage (Unitywater).
    • Transport (Council).
    • Stormwater (Council).
    • Public Parks & Land for Community Facilities (Council).

    In addition to specifying charge rates, the Charges Resolution also deals with other matters such as:

    • Apportionment of charges between Unitywater and Council (Charges Break up agreement).
    • Calculation of infrastructure charges including credits for existing lawful development or for previous contribution payments.
    • Automatic increase provision (indexation) of charges from the base date to the time of issue to the time of payment.
    • Offsets and refunds for “trunk” infrastructure identified in the LGIP that is land or works, to be provided by development.
    • Recalculation of establishment costs for infrastructure offsets; and
    • Conversion applications.
  • Note:  Charges Resolutions have effect on development approvals and infrastructure charges notices issued in accordance with the legislation and regulation current at the time of issue.

    Sunshine Coast Regional Council Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.4) 2011 transferred to Noosa Council on 1 January 2014 effective to 5 February 2014.

    Noosa Shire Council Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2014 effective 6 February 2014 to 15 February 2015.

    Noosa Shire Council Charges Resolution (No.2) 2014 effective 16 February 2015 to 27 October 2016.

    Noosa Shire Council Charges Resolution (No.2) 2014 (Amendment 1) effective 28 October 2016 until 23 September 2018.

    Noosa Shire Council Charges Resolution (No 3) 2018 effective 24 September 2018 to 22 September 2019.

    Noosa Shire Council Charges Resolution (No.4) 2019 effective 23 September 2019 to 30 July 2020.

    Noosa Shire Council Charges Resolution (No.5) 2020 effective 31 July 2020 to 15 October 2020.

    Noosa Shire Council Charges Resolution (No.5.1) 2020 effective 16 October 2020 to 19 August 2021.

  • Council is committed to supporting community organisations. Rebates against payment of infrastructure contributions or charges are offered to eligible community organisations.

    On 6 February 2014, Noosa Council adopted its policy Infrastructure Charges Rebates for Community Organisation.

    A minor amendment to the policy was further made on 1 May 2014.

    The Infrastructure Charges Rebates Community Organisations Policy only applies to contributions and charges relating to Council infrastructure networks. Rebates do not apply to Water Supply and Sewerage networks under the control of Unitywater.

    A request for rebate may be made with the application and demonstrate compliance with the policy.

  • “Delayed Staged Payments” of Infrastructure Charges may be approved under agreement on prior application to Council in accordance with Council’s: Organisational Policy-Delayed Staged Payments of Infrastructure Charges


    • Written applications are required to be made to Council via when the infrastructure charge initially becomes due for payment i.e. on completion of the development &/or prior to occupancy.


  • Mail

    Cheque or money order to be made payable to: Noosa Council
    PO Box 141, Tewantin, QLD 4565

    In person

    Noosa Council, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin
    Office hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday (excludes public holidays)

    Credit card

    Mastercard or Visa only
    Note: All payments made by credit card will incur a 0.5% surcharge to reflect the cost of fees charged for credit card transactions.

    Direct bank Transfer

    Payment by electronic transfer direct to Council’s bank account is only available by special arrangement. Email Infrastructure Charges Officer for further enquiries.


    • Infrastructure charges are subject to “Automatic Increase Provisions” (indexation) from the date they are issued to the date that payment is to be made.
    • Please contact Council 5 days prior to making payment for the current amount due.


  • In accordance with the Planning Regulation 2017 amendments that commenced on 1 January 2020, the following information is provided for public downloading and viewing:

    1. Noosa Shire Council Infrastructure Charges Register is in excel format detailing infrastructure contributions and charges issued on development in the Noosa Shire Council area applicable from 1 January 2014. This online version is updated monthly in accordance with regulatory requirements. 

    2. Noosa Shire Council Infrastructure Charges & Trunk Infrastructure Information is in excel format detailing:

    • ​Financial year infrastructure charges revenue and expenditure summary
    • ​Financial year trunk infrastructure information summary
    • ​Forecast infrastructure charges revenue and trunk infrastructure expenditure summary

    This online information is updated annually following the Council Annual Report in accordance with regulatory requirements.

    3. Infrastructure Charges Notices issued after 1st January 2020 are available for viewing via Planning Online.