Development and financial contributions
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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 2015
The contributions policy came into effect on 1 July 2015 and is available below.
The policy will remain in effect until 30 June 2018, unless replaced by a new policy.
Any consent application lodged on or after 1 July 2015 will be subject to the new policy.
Contributions Policy 2015 (PDF 711 KB)
Contributions Policy 2015 Variation A (PDF 730KB)
Contributions Policy 2015 Variation A maps (PDF 192KB)
Schedule 8 - Assets for which development contributions will be used (PDF 284KB)
Funding area maps (PDF 432 KB)
Cost allocation methodology (PDF 410 KB)
Contributions Policy 2012
The contributions policy came into effect on 1 July 2012 and was subsequently amended on 8 August 2014 to reflect changes in the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2014. The policy is available below.
The policy will remain in effect until 30 June 2015.
Applications submitted before 8 August 2014
Schedule 1AA Clause 7 requires council to treat any consent application that was submitted to council prior to 8 August 2014 as if if the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Act 2014 had not been enacted.
Applications submitted from 8 August 2014
Any consent application lodged on or after 8 August 2014 will be treated under the new legislation.
Chapter 9: Contributions policy - updated 2014 (PDF 1.1MB)
Schedule 7 - Assets for which development contributions will be used (PDF 64KB)
For the original 2012 Contributions policy, follow the link below:
Chapter 9: Contributions policy (HTML version)
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.
The Estimator is based on the price for the Contributions Policy 2015.
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.
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.
For more information regarding development contributions call one of our area offices:
09 486 8413
09 353 9025
09 892 4330
09 261 8492
09 262 5492