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Infrastructure Charges 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 Schedule 9.2-Schedule of Works of 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 Part 15 and Schedule 9 within Council's Planning Scheme.

Current Charges Resolution

The Noosa Shire Council Charges Resolution (No 3) 2018 was adopted on 20 September 2018 by Council.

The resolution applies to development approvals and charge notices issued from 24th September 2018.

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

Charges Resolution (further details)

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.

Superseded Charges Resolutions

On 20 October 2016, Noosa Council adopted the "Noosa Shire Council Charges Resolution (No.2) 2014 (Amendment 1)" to reflect adopted amendments made to the planning scheme. The resolution has the effect on development approvals and charge notices issued from 28th October 2016 to 23 September 2018 in accordance with the legislation current at the time of issue.

On 12 February 2015, Noosa Council adopted the Noosa Shire Council Charges Resolution (No.2) 2014, replacing the Noosa Shire Council Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2014, to include legislative amendments that commenced on 4 June 2014. The resolution has effect on development approvals and charge notices issued from 16th February 2015 to 27 October 2016.

On 6 February 2014, Noosa Council adopted the Noosa Shire Council Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2014, replacing the Sunshine Coast Regional Council Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.4) 2011 that transferred across to Noosa Council on 1 January 2014. The resolution has effect on development approvals and charge notices issued from 6th February 2014 to 15th February 2015.

Superseded - Other: At the Ordinary Meeting of 2 January 2014, Noosa Council repealed the Sunshine Coast Regional Council's Development Incentives (Build and Benefit) and ceased its application to development within the Noosa Planning Scheme area. All Build and Benefit applications approved by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council not finalised by 30 June 2015 expired and ceased to apply.

Infrastructure Charges Rebates for Community Organisations

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 rebatebe made with the application and demonstrate compliance with the policy.

Payment of Infrastructure Contributions and Charges

From 1 July 2014 Infrastructure Charges Notices are issued by Council and Unitywater to all development.

All payments (including contributions & charges issued prior to 1 July 2014) must be made by the due date to Council and Unitywater as follows:

  • Payment for the Water Supply and Sewerage networks are to be made to Unitywater. Contact via phone 1300 086 489 or (07) 5431 8333 during office hours; or email  Development Services - Unity Water.
  • Payment for the Transport, Public Parks & Land for Community Facilities, Stormwater and other Council specific networks/items are to be made to Noosa Council. Contact via email or phone (07) 5329 6211 / 5329 6449 during office hours.

Methods of payment to Council

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.


Note:

  • 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.

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