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Information Sheet 054

On 1 March 2022, Toowoomba Regional Council adopted the Charges Resolution - No. 5 in line with changes made by the Queensland State Government to the way infrastructure charges are levied.

 

What are adopted Infrastructure Charges?

Toowoomba Regional Council levies infrastructure charges as part of the development application process which includes development assessment and compliance assessment.  This ensures that new development pays a share of the cost of providing infrastructure to meet additional demand on trunk infrastructure networks.

The Local Government Infrastructure Plan, Part 4 of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme, (the planning scheme), includes Council’s 15 year forward plan for trunk infrastructure which will be funded by infrastructure charges. Refer to INFO 035 Local Government Infrastructure Plan.

Infrastructure charges are calculated as per Council’s current Charges Resolution. Refer to INFO 004 Charges Resolution No.5.

 

What types of development does the Charges Resolution (CR) apply to?

The types of development that trigger the levying of adopted infrastructure charges are:

  • Reconfiguring a lot (RAL)
  • Material change of use of premises (MCU)
  • Some specific privately certified (PC) building works, including dual occupancies and community residences.

 

When are the infrastructure charges payable?

The adopted infrastructure charges are payable:

  • RAL- when Council approves the plan of subdivision for the RAL
  • MCU- when the change happens
  • PC- when the Certificate of classification or Final Inspection Certificate for the building works is issued.

 

Infrastructure Charges relating to RAL applications

For Residential developments – infrastructure charges are calculated on a per lot basis. Each proposed lot will attract a charge equivalent to that of a 3 or more bedroom dwelling in the relevant charge area, Urban, Township or Rural.

For Non-Residential developments – infrastructure charges are calculated based on the size of the lot/s created. For Urban and Township charge areas, each additional lot will attract a charge equal to the adopted charge for the development category ‘Industry’, calculated at 40% of the lot size to a maximum of 2,000 m2.  

The charge rate may be reduced if the development is not serviced, or planned to be serviced, by one or more trunk infrastructure networks.

The charge rates may be found in Council’s current Charges Resolution. Credits may also apply as set out in the Charges Resolution.

 

Infrastructure Charges relating to MCU applications

For Residential developments – infrastructure charges are generally calculated on a per dwelling or suite basis. Each will attract a charge depending on the proposed use and number of bedrooms in the relevant charge area, Urban, Township or Rural.

For Non-Residential developments – infrastructure charges are calculated based on the gross floor area (GFA) of the development, with different charge rates depending on the proposed use, along with the impervious area on the site.

GFA is defined by Schedule 24 of the Planning Regulation 2017. In addition, Council does not consider that a building needs to be fully enclosed to constitute GFA. Generally, a building constitutes GFA if at least two sides of the building are enclosed.

Charges may be reduced if the development is not serviced, or planned to be serviced, by one or more trunk infrastructure networks.

The charge rates may be found in Council’s current Charges Resolution. Credits may also apply as set out in the Charges Resolution.

Infrastructure charges relating to PC applications

Council currently levies charges for Privately Certified applications that approve Dual Occupancies and Community Residences.

Dual occupancies are charged on a per dwelling basis, depending on the number of bedrooms in each dwelling in the relevant charge area, Urban, Township or Rural.

Community Residences are charged on a per suite basis, with each individually rentable room and each overnight carer’s room considered a separate suite in the relevant charge area, Urban, Township or Rural.

Charges may be reduced if the development is not serviced, or planned to be serviced, by one or more trunk infrastructure networks.

The charge rates may be found in Council’s current Charges Resolution. Credits may also apply as set out in the Charges Resolution.

If a private certifier has been engaged by a client to perform private assessment and certification of building works, it is a requirement of Section 143 of the Building Act 1975 to provide Council with a copy of the notice of engagement within 5 business days after the engagement starts. At this time, Council will advise the applicant if the development will attract infrastructure charges.

 

Related documents

External link symbol Development - Estimate of infrastructure charges request APP 020 (online)

PDF symbol Development - Estimate of infrastructure charges request APP 020 (for print)

PDF symbol INFO 035 Local Government Infrastructure Plan

PDF symbol Building - Infrastructure charging for building works information sheet INFO 054 (for print)

PDF symbol INFO 004 Charges Resolution No.5

 

Further information

For further specific information on Infrastructure Charging on Building Works, please contact the Infrastructure Charges Unit on 131 872 or visit your nearest Customer Service Centre.

 

Disclaimer

The information contained on this page is a guide only. This information has been prepared by Toowoomba Regional Council to help people gain an understanding of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme. Please consult the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme for detailed information including maps (zones, local plans, overlays and priority infrastructure plan), provisions and policies. The content of this information sheet is not intended to replace the provisions of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme.