Development Contributions Policy and Growth Funding Policy
The current Development Contributions (DC) Policy has been operative from 1 July 2018.
The Council also has a Growth Funding Policy to direct Council decision-making for projects and associated infrastructure not provided for in the 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 your development contributions click here or on the map image below.
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.
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
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?
Who pays Development Contributions?
- 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?
When do I need to pay my Development Contributions?
- 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.
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 or service connection was lodged on or between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018 then the 2016/17 Policy will apply. Click here to view the 2016/17 Policy. (PDF, 3,477KB)
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.
Request for reconsideration of assessed charges
The 2018/19 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 the 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 infill 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 recommend you seek legal advice prior 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 challenge 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 assessment 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
Growth Funding Policy
Please see below for the supporting information referred to in the Development Contributions Policy.
DC Model inputs and parameters
Growth-related infrastructure maps
Who can I contact to ask further questions?
For further assistance on the Policy and how it applies to your development please contact: