Requesting a remission or special assessment

​Please refer in the first instance to Section 18 "Remissions" and Section 17 "Special Assessment" of Council's operative Development Contributions Policy.

Actual demand remission ​

Upon application made by a developer, the Council may at its sole discretion remit part or all of a development contribution levied on that developer.  All such applications for remissions must be made in writing to the Council within 30 working days of the charge being advised to the applicant in writing. ​​

Development contributions are calculated based on modelled demand, measured in Household Unit Equivalents (HUEs). Council will consider an actual demand remission where actual demand is significantly lower than modelled demand. 

In applying for a remission based on actual demand, the applicant must demonstrate to Council's satisfaction on an activity by activity basis that:

​a)   ​​the actual HUEs of demand generated by the development are materially lower than the HUEs of demand assessed under the methodology set out in this Policy and, in any event, lower than modelled demand by five or more HUEs of demand, and;

​b)   for an activity, the reduced HUEs create capacity in Council's infrastructure network which Council is satisfied is material having regard to the nature of the development, its location, and implications for Council's infrastructure programme.

In support of any remission application the applicant must supply, for each activity, all relevant evidence of actual demand reductions on Council's infrastructure.  This information is to be in the form of metrics provided by an appropriately qualified professional, referencing relevant Policy prov​isions.

Fees and charges

All actual and reasonable costs incurred by Council in determining the remission application or special assessment application, including staff time (as set out in Council's schedule of 'Fees and Charges - Economic Growth and Planning'), its consultant and legal costs, and administration costs, shall be paid by the applicant whether or not a remission is ultimately granted.

If external costs are to be incurred by the Council in its assessment of a remission Council may at its discretion require those costs to be met by the applicant in advance.

If you would like to apply for an actual demand remission, please complete the online form below. ​

Application for actual emand remission of development contributions

Central Business District (CBD) remission​

If your development is located within the CBD (refer to Schedule 8 of the Policy for guidance on whether your development lies within the CBD), you are eligible for a reduction in your development contribution charge.

​Between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2021, developments within the CBD will pay 34.0% (being a 66.0% remission) of the standard applicable charge, as set out in Schedule 1 of the Policy.  The CBD remission will be applied automatically to all resource and building consents approved within the CBD.  

R​equest for a special assessment

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 the Council at the earliest opportunity and prior to the earliest development contributions assessment trigger, as set out in section 11 of the operative Development Contributions Policy.

In support of any special assessment application the applicant must supply, for each activity, all relevant evidence of actual demand reductions on Council's infrastructure.  This information is to be in the form of metrics provided by an appropriately qualified professional, referencing relevant Policy provisions.

All actual and reasonable costs incurred by Council in assessing the special assessment application may be payable by the applicant as outlined above the 'Requesting a remission - fees and charges' section above.

If you would like to apply for a special assessment, please complete the online form below. ​

Application for a special assessment of development contributions

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