Hastings continues to grow across all sectors - residential, commercial and industrial - which creates increased demand for services and infrastructure supplied by Council. To ensure levels of service for all residents are maintained, development contributions are collected when new development occurs.
Development contributions are fees payable on developments and subdivisions. The fees pay for the additional demand placed by new developments on infrastructure (roads, water and sewer etc) and services.
A development may be a new green-fields subdivision, infill development, townhouses, or a project that creates additional commercial or industrial sites or buildings.
Contributions may also be required for conversions or extensions to existing buildings where they create new or additional uses. This could include converting one residence into two, or converting a residential building into a commercial office. Any contribution payable is calculated under Council's Development Contributions Policy (see the policy in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of this page).
Development contributions fund upgraded or new infrastructure which is a result of growth identified in Council's Long Term Plan 2018-28 (in the 'related documents' section at the bottom of this page).
The activities include roads, water supplies, waste water, stormwater disposal, playgrounds, toilets, parks and reserves.
Development contributions are made up of a district-wide component, ie. a set fee across the district, and specific area contributions. The fee may vary according to the location of the development.
Development contributions are not used to pay operational cost or parts of capital works which deal with infrastructure renewal and upgrades where the required level of service to the existing community is not being fulfilled.
Development contributions may not be required (or be reduced) when:
Your project can be assessed at any of three stages:
An invoice can be requested and paid at any time. Payment must be made prior to:
A request in writing can be made to Council asking that the assessment of development contributions for a project be reviewed, by emailing the Financial Policy Advisor. Please include the new or supporting information that your request is based upon.
Please contact Council's Financial Policy Advisor to find out whether a development contribution is required for your proposal, and what the cost is likely to be.
See Council's frequently asked questions documents, based on non-residential and residential dwellings, available in the 'related documents'. For further information contact Council's Financial Policy Advisor.
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