Infrastructure charges | Brisbane City Council

Infrastructure charges

Brisbane City Council levies infrastructure charges as part of the development assessment process. Charges apply when a subdivision (reconfiguring a lot), material change of use or carrying out of building work occurs generating extra demand on trunk infrastructure networks.

Charges collected or assets constructed contribute to the provision of essential trunk infrastructure to service new development. Trunk infrastructure is significant infrastructure that supports large areas or catchments. This includes major stormwater pipes for an entire neighbourhood. Council manages three networks:

  • transport
  • public parks and land for community facilities
  • stormwater.
Since 1 July 2014, Queensland Urban Utilities has responsibility for receiving, assessing, providing advice and approving applications. Applications are for the connection, disconnection or alteration to our water and sewerage networks. Refer to fact sheets two and three on the Queensland Urban Utilities website.

For enquiries relating to infrastructure offsets for water supply and sewerage networks, phone Queensland Urban Utilities on 13 26 57.

Council's current infrastructure charges

Council levies infrastructure charges under the Brisbane Infrastructure Charges Resolution (Charges Resolution). The current Charges Resolution is the Brisbane Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No. 7) 2018. This applies to development approvals given on and from 2 July 2018. 

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For a summary of the current charges, refer to Brisbane infrastructure charges.

Council's past infrastructure charges instruments

Details of previous infrastructure charges instruments are as follows:

Development application decided between Infrastructure charges instruments
3 July 2017 and 1 July 2018 Brisbane Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No. 6) 2017 (Word - 135kb)
1 July 2015 and 2 July 2017

Brisbane Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.5) 2015 (Word - 119kb)*

* this Charges Resolution references to Priority Infrastructure Plan, replaced with the Local Government Infrastructure Plan. Reflects changes to the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA)

30 June 2014 and 30 June 2015 Brisbane Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.4) 2014 (Word - 445kb)
1 July 2013 and 29 June 2014 Brisbane Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.3) 2013 (Word - 263kb)
6 January 2012 and 30 June 2013 Brisbane Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.2) 2011 (Word - 3Mb)
1 July 2011 and 5 January 2012 Brisbane Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.1) 2011 (Word - 3Mb)
1 July 2007 and 30 June 2011 Infrastructure Contributions Planning Scheme Policies

Infrastructure demand credits and discounts

Demand credits

You may receive a demand credit for the demand placed upon the local government trunk infrastructure networks generated by existing lawful development, previous lawful development, or existing lots or other development on the premises if the development can be carried out lawfully without the need for a further development permit (as applicable).

See section 16 of the Charges Resolution for more information.

Applicants seeking a demand credit as described above must complete the prescribed form B and checklist B.

Discounts

You may receive a discount for infrastructure contributions previously paid (subject to eligibility requirements). 

See section 12 of the Charges Resolution for more information.

Applicants seeking a discount for a prescribed financial contribution must complete the prescribed form A and checklist A.

Infrastructure offset and refunds

An infrastructure offset may relate to an item of trunk infrastructure (land or works) identified in Council's Local Government Infrastructure Plan. This may be provided in lieu of payment of some infrastructure charges.

For infrastructure charges levied from 30 June 2014 onwards, Council generally determines infrastructure offsets and refunds in accordance with the Charges Resolutions (No. 4, 5, 6 or 7) (see table above). For these development approvals, the relevant details are included in the Infrastructure Charges Notice (ICN). 

When you make a submission to Council regarding infrastructure charges offsets and refunds, submit a prescribed form.

For infrastructure charges levied between 1 July 2011 and 29 June 2014, Council generally determines infrastructure offsets and refunds in accordance with the Charges Resolutions (No. 1, 2 or 3) (see table above). For these development approvals, an offset or refund may be agreed through an Infrastructure Agreement (IA).

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For more information regarding offsets and refunds under the Charges Resolutions (No. 4, 5, 6 or 7), refer to Part 4 of the Charges Resolution.

Charges reduction for retirement and aged care accommodation 

Council announced an initiative reducing infrastructure charges by 33 per cent for qualifying developments for retirement and aged care accommodation. 

The reduction applies to development of a retirement facility and/or residential care facility compliant with the relevant provisions of Brisbane City Plan 2014. The development must also provide a quality living environment that is fit for purpose and contributes towards design excellence within the industry. The reduction applies for developments approved between 1 September 2016 and 31 December 2019.

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For more information on the charges reduction, phone Council’s Infrastructure Coordination Team on 07 3403 8888. Alternatively, you can email the details of your proposed development.

Charges reduction for student accommodation

Council has maintained the initiative which reduces infrastructure charges for qualifying residential development approvals that took effect between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2017. This is for accommodation provided for tertiary or higher education students on sites:

  • within four kilometres of the Brisbane Central Business District’s General Post Office 
  • supporting medium or high density residential development.

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For more information on the charges reduction, phone Council’s Infrastructure Coordination Team on 07 3403 8888.

Charges reduction for four and five star hotels

Council has maintained the initiative to reduce infrastructure charges for hotel developments. 

Council offers a reduction on infrastructure charges for four and five star hotel development approvals that took effect between:

  • 1 July 2011 and 30 June 2014 inclusive; or
  • 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 inclusive, but only for development applications lodged prior to 1 July 2014, or as a result of a formal pre-lodgement meeting prior to 1 July 2014. 

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For more information on the charges reduction, phone Council’s Infrastructure Coordination team on 07 3403 8888.

Charges reduction for eligible community organisations

Council has continued the initiative to reduce infrastructure charges for eligible community organisations.

Council provides financial assistance to eligible community organisations to reduce the cost of infrastructure charges.

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The following organisations received approval to pay reduced charges. 

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Council updates this register at the conclusion of the financial year. 

Request for calculations

To request an estimate of infrastructure charges for your proposed development, complete:

You can lodge this request at:

Refer to the Schedule of Fees and Charges for the fee in 2018-19 financial year.

Billing and payment process

Council sends details of infrastructure charges via two Infrastructure Charges Notices (ICNs):

  • Council networks (transport, stormwater and community purposes)
  • Queensland Urban Utilities networks (water supply and sewerage).

Payment

Following the receipt of the ICN, pay your infrastructure charges for:

  • a material change of use approval, the change of use happens; or
  • reconfiguring a lot, Council approves the plan of reconfiguration; or  
  • building work, the final inspection certificate for the building work, or you receive the certificate of classification for the building under the Building Act 1975.

Before you pay

You must provide a current itemised breakdown of infrastructure charges before your payment is processed.

To receive an itemised breakdown of infrastructure charges, you can submit your request by completing the online request form.

Note: to avoid delays, check the amount payable date on the itemised breakdown prior to attempting to pay the charges. If the date has passed, you will need a new itemised breakdown before you can pay.

How to pay

For ICNs issued by Council, you can pay infrastructure charges at any Regional Business Centre by cash, cheque or EFTPOS (using a cheque or savings account). Payments by Mastercard or Visa incur a credit card surcharge. The surcharge is the same charged for rate payments paid by credit card.  

Records of infrastructure charges

Infrastructure Charges Register

Council does not provide copies of Infrastructure Charges Notices. You can view your charges in the Infrastructure Charges Register. This is an official record of the infrastructure charges levied by Council. The register is updated monthly.

You can view an electronic copy of the register at:

Brisbane Square Library
Level 2, Brisbane Square
266 George Street, Brisbane City

Infrastructure agreements

An infrastructure agreement is a contractual agreement between Council and a developer to establish obligations and entitlements for each party. It includes a schedule of infrastructure and the timings of payment of charges or provision of infrastructure.

For more information regarding infrastructure agreements, download:

You can purchase a copy of an infrastructure agreement at Regional Business Centres for a fee. Council will post a CD of the agreement within 48 hours.

30 January 2019