Development Contributions

​​​​​​​​​​​​Development Contributions Policy and Growth Funding Policy

The Development Contributions (DC) Policy has been operative since 1 July 2016​. Please note: For avoidance of doubt, the Development Contributions Policy (2016/2017) remains operative until a subsequent policy is adopted or until the Council notify otherwise.

Council also has a Growth Funding Policy to direct Council decision-making for projects and associated infrastructure not provided for in Council's 10-Year Plan.

For an overview of development contributions you can download a summary of the information below:

Estimate your development contribution

​To get an estimate of you​​​r development contributions c​​lick here or on the map image below. 

​​ If you're thinking of subdividing or developing a property, our Development Contributions Estimator can give you an indication of contribution charges that may apply. The estimate will be based on information available at the feasibility stage of your development, and is purely for your convenience. No information from your estimate is retained by Hamilton City Council. Please refer directly to the Policy or contact the Council to request a formal assessment.

How to use

To use the Development Contributions Estimator click on the link above. Simply zoom in or out and click on the lot you are interested in, or enter an address or plan number (DP) into the search field in the top right of the screen. Development Contribution charges will be shown for a hypothetical residential development (per lot), and for industrial, commercial, and retail developments per 100m2 of floor area, in addition to the applicable catchments.
 
Use the Development Contributions Estimator in conjunction with Section 23 (Schedule 1) of the operative Development Contributions Policy.

 Click here to view the estimate a Development Contribution charge information sheet.

What is a Development Contribution?

A development contribution is a levy on new developments which are collected under the Local Government Act 2002 to ensure that any development that creates additional demand on Council infrastructure contributes to the extra cost that they impose on the community.

Development Contributions are assessed on:​

  • Water supply 
  • Wastewater
  • Stormwater  
  • Reserves
  • Transport

Development contributions are used for providing new or expanded infrastructure and are only used for the purpose for which they were taken. The contribution is a one-off charge. The subsequent operation and maintenance of such infrastructure is covered by Council through rates and other charges.

How much will my Development Contributions be?

Council's development contribution charges are set out in Schedule 1 of the Development Contributions Policy. The Development Contributions Estimator above can provide an indication of applicable charges. The contributions are calculated by dividing the cost of growth-related capital expenditure in each area by the amount of growth anticipated in that area, or across the whole city for citywide growth infrastructure (e.g. the ring road and wastewater plant capacity upgrades). Contributions will vary depending on the Development Contributions Policy applicable at the time the consent was assessed.

Who pays Development Contributions?

You may be required to pay Development Contributions if you do any of the following:

  • Subdivide, cross-lease or unit title a section
  • Construct or increase the ​​floor area of commercial, retail or industrial buildings
  • Change business use ​
  • Request a service connection
  • Build residential units, including ancillary flats
  • Apply for a Certificate of Acceptance for work that would have otherwise paid development contributions​

Why do I have to pay?

With population growth comes increased demand for infrastructure. Growth in the city cannot be sustained unless we fund a portion of growth related infrastructure through development contributions. The existing population has already made a considerable investment in the current infrastructure. Those initiating new developments benefit from using existing infrastructure and will place additional pressure on it, requiring Council to increase the capacity of that infrastructure or build new infrastructure. It is therefore appropriate that developers contribute towards the cost of Council's growth-related capital expenditure.

When do I need to pay my Development Contributions?

Development contributions may be charged by Council upon granting of a:  

  • Land Use Consent - prior to commencement of the consent
  • Subdivision Consent - prior to uplifting s224 certificates
  • Building Consent - prior to issue of a Code of Compliance
  • Service Connection - prior to service connection being actioned
  • Certificate of Acceptance - on granting of the certificate.
 Click here for more information on when do I need to pay Development Contribution information sheets.

Which Policy applies to my development?

Your development contributions will be assessed under the policy that was in force at the time that the application for a resource consent, building consent, certificate of acceptance and/or service connection was submitted, accompanied by all required information.

If your consent was lodged on or after 1 July 2016 then the current 2016/17 Policy will apply.

To view the changes between the 2016/17 Policy and the 2015/16 Policy click here.

For all consents, regardless of the date of lodgement or grant:

  • the community infrastructure charge will be zero, and
  • no Producers Price Index (PPI) adjustments will be added to your charge.

If your consent or service connection was lodged between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016 then your development contributions will be assessed under the 2015/16 Policy. Click here to view the 2015/16 Policy

If your consent or service connection was lodged between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2015 then your development contributions will be assessed under the 2013/14 Policy.   Click here to view the 2013/14 Policy.

If your consent or service connection was lodged between 30 June 2010 and 30 June 2013 then your development contributions will be assessed under the 2010/11 Policy.  Click here to view the 2010/11 Policy.​ 

If your consent or service connection was granted prior to 30 June 2010, please contact the Development Contributions Officer (details below) for the policy relevant to ​your development.

​Request for reconsideration of assessed charges

The 2016/17 Policy includes a process for reconsideration of an advised development contribution charge. This is essentially the ability for developers to request staff to check the calculation of charges and application of the policy.

Any application for reconsideration must be lodged with Council's Development Contributions Officer within ten working days after the date of receipt of notice of the development contribution required by Council.  

If you wish to request a reconsideration of your assessed development contribution, please complete in the form below in fill and return to Council at the address specified:

Objecting to assessed charges 

Please refer in the first instance to Section 199C-P and Schedule 13A of the Local Government Act. We recomend you seek legal advice proir to lodging an objection.

Any person that has been provided by Council with notice (or other formal advice) of a requirement to pay a development contribution may object to the amount in accordance with Section 199C of the Local Government Act. ​A person lodging an objection must do so within 15 working days after the date of receiving notice of the level of development contribution or the date on which the person receives notice of the outcome of reconsideration.

For further information on the objection process please contact Council's Development Contributions Officer.

 Click here to view how to dispute a Development Contribution Charge.

Request for Special Assessment

Please refer in the first instance to Council's Development Contributions Policy Section 17 "Special Assessments".

At the request of the applicant a development contribution may be considered for a special assessment. All applications for Special Assessment must be lodged with Council's Development Contributions Officer at the earliest opportunity, and prior to the earliest development contributions assesment trigger as set out in Section 11 of the Policy.

All applications must meet specified criteria, and will include metrics provided by an appropriately qualified professional, by activity, and be related to the appropriate policy provisions. 

If you would like to apply for a Special Assessment please download and complete the form below, and include any relevant attachments. All Special Assessment applications are to be sent to the Development Contributions Officer at DCO@hcc.govt.nz or hand delivered to Council.

To download the form, click on the link below:

Request for Remission

Please refer in the first instance to Council’s Development Contributions Policy Section 18 “Remissions”.

At the request of the applicant a development contribution may be considered for a remission. All such applications for remissions must be made in writing to the Development Contributions Officer within 30 working days of the charge being advised to applicant in writing.

All applications must meet specified criteria, and will include metrics provided by an appropriately qualified professional, by activity, and related to the appropriate policy provisions. Reasonable costs incurred by Council in assessing the remission application may be payable by the applicant.

If you would like to apply for a remission please download and complete the form below, and include any relevant attachments. All remissions applications are to be sent to the Development Contributions Officer at DCO@hcc.govt.nz or hand delivered to Council.

To download the form, click on the link below:

Growth Funding Policy

If you are considering developing, but will need to provide some major network infrastructure privately because it is not provided for in Council’s 10-Year Plan (page 84, volume 1) then you will need to refer Council’s Growth Funding Policy at the link above.

Supporting Information

Please see below for the supporting information referred to in the Development Contributions Policy.

Who can I contact to ask further questions?

For further assistance on the Policy and how it applies to your development please contact:

Development Contributions Officer
Hamilton City Council
Private Bag 3010
Hamilton 3240
Phone: (07) 838 6739    Email: DCO@hcc.govt.nz

The information provided on this webpage is intended as a guide only. The formal policy documents are the Development Contribution Policy and Growth Funding Policy and both need to be considered in their entirety.

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Page reviewed: 19 Jul 2017 2:15pm