Requesting a refund, 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.

Any application for remission must be made to Council in writing using the appropriate form below within 30 working days of the development contribution charge being advised in writing to the developer.

For any questions in relation to remissions or special assessments please contact Council’s Development Contributions Analyst on (07) 959 9067 or DCO@hcc.govt.nz.

Fees and charges

All actual and reasonable costs incurred by Council in determining an actual demand 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.

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. ​​

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.

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 Map 7 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 2021 and 30 June 2024, developments in the CBD may be eligible for a 50% remission (being a 50% remission of the standard applicable infill charge, as set out in Schedule 1) subject to:

  1. Engagement with the Urban Design Panel, and
  2. Final Lifemark 4-star certification for all residential components of the development.

The best time to engage with the Urban Design Advisory Panel and Lifemark is before you lodge your consent.  For more information on the UDP click here or email urban.dc@hcc.govt.nz. For more information on Lifemark click here or contact Helen James helen@lifemark.co.nz

Subject to the criteria above, developments in the CBD with 6 or more storeys will pay no development contributions (being a 100% remission of the standard applicable infill charge, as set out in Schedule 1).

If you would like to apply for a CBD remission, please complete the online form below. 


Social Housing remission

Council may, at its sole discretion, grant a remission of up to 100% for social housing developments. In the exercise of its discretion, Council will consider the following factors:

  1. The development must deliver not-for-profit housing;
  2. The applicant on the building consent or resource consent must be registered as a community housing provider with the Community Housing Regulatory Authority;
  3. The development will provide social and/or affordable rental housing;
  4. An application for remission must be lodged with Council prior to any development contributions being paid. Development contributions paid prior to an application being lodged will not be eligible for a refund;
  5. The crown and crown agents including Kāinga Ora are not eligible for this remission;
  6. Any other feature of the development or the developer which Council considers relevant;
  7. The total value of social housing remissions provided by Council under this policy.

If you would like to apply for a social housing remission, please complete the online form below.



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

Refunds

Please refer in the first instance to section 19 'Refunds' of the operative Development Contributions Policy. At its sole discretion Council may provide a refund of development contribution site credits where it can be demonstrated to Council's satisfaction that:

  1. the development contributions were required and paid on subdivision consent (“original payment”) and gave rise to the site credits;
  2. the site credits have never been exercised; and
  3. Code Compliance Certificate has been issued for the development on the site;
  4. the gross floor area of the development exceeds 20% of the site area
  5. the refund applicant is the current land owner.

Any refund will be paid to the person who made the original payment.

If you would like to apply for a refund of development contributions, please complete the online form below.


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