Development and financial contributions

Development and financial contributions

Development contributions are the fees charged by the council for extra community and network infrastructure needed as a result of development projects.

You will usually have to pay development contributions for residential development such as new houses and apartments, non-residential development, subdivisions, and for some changes of land use.

The money collected from development contributions pays for the cost of public infrastructure that is needed to meet the additional demand from growth. This includes network infrastructure such as stormwater and transport, open space reserves and community facilities.


Contributions policy 2012

A new contributions policy came into effect in 1 July 2012, and is available below.

The policy was adopted as part of Auckland Council's Long-term Plan 2012-2022 (Volume Three: Financial information, policies and fees), which will remain in effect until 30 June 2015. The policy will be reviewed annually and may be amended earlier using the special consultative procedure.

Chapter 9: Contributions policy (HTML version)

A PDF version has been included if you want to download a copy:
Chapter 9: Contributions policy (PDF 1.4MB)


Estimating your contribution

If you're thinking of sub-dividing 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 Auckland Council.

You'll need to tell us what is on the allotment to start with, and what you're planning.

For a residential development such as a house or minor unit, all you need is the number of units. For other residential developments you'll also need to know the impervious surface area of the development, and for aged care, the number of rooms.

For non-residential development, you'll need to know the impervious surface area and gross development area of the development.

Read the Auckland Council development contributions policy for definitions of these terms.

Launch the Development Contributions Estimator.

Please note the estimator may not work properly on some older browsers.

Water supply and wastewater services are not included in the estimate. To find out these charges contact the relevant water service provider:

Each consent received by Auckland Council is assessed for development contributions. If you have paid units of demand on a prior consent, the council will not require you to pay for the same units of demand again.


Further enquiries

For more information call one of our area offices:

Northern

09 486 8413

Central

09 353 9025

Western

09 839 3575

Southern (Manukau)

09 261 8492 

Southern (Papakura/Pukekohe)

09 261 8491