Infrastructure charges

Brisbane City Council levies infrastructure charges as part of the development assessment process. These charges apply when a subdivision (reconfiguring a lot), material change of use or carrying out of building work occurs that generates 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, such as major stormwater pipes for an entire neighbourhood, and is classified into three networks managed by Council:

  • transport
  • community purposes
  • stormwater.
Since 1 July 2014, Queensland Urban Utilities has had responsibility for receiving, assessing, providing advice and approving applications for the connection, disconnection or alteration to our water and sewerage networks. Refer to Fact Sheets 2 and 3 on the Queensland Urban Utilities website.

Council will continue to levy infrastructure charges on behalf of Queensland Urban Utilities for development applications received prior to 1 July 2014 for trunk infrastructure in the water supply and sewerage networks. For all 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), previously called Brisbane Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution. The current Charges Resolution is the Brisbane Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No. 6) 2017, which applies to development applications decided from 3 July 2017. 

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For details of current charges, refer to Brisbane adopted infrastructure charges.

Council's past infrastructure charges instruments

Details of previous infrastructure charges instruments are as follows:

Development application decided between: Infrastructure charges instruments
1 July 2015 and 2 July 2017

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

*In this Charges Resolution references to 'Priority Infrastructure Plan’ were replaced with ‘Local Government Infrastructure Plan’ to reflect 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

A demand credit may be provided for the demand placed upon the local government trunk infrastructure networks generated by existing or previous lawful development, or existing lots as applicable. Applicants may receive a demand credit for the greater of the following:

  • existing lawful use; or
  • previous lawful use; or
  • the demand for an existing lot.

Applicants seeking a demand credit as described above must complete the Prescribed Form B and checklist B.

Discounts

A discount may be provided for infrastructure contributions that have been previously paid (subject to eligibility requirements). 

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 refers to an item of trunk infrastructure (land or works) identified in Council's Local Government Infrastructure Plan which 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 or 6) above. For these development approvals, the relevant details are included in the Infrastructure Charges Notice (ICN). 

The Charges Resolution identifies that a prescribed form must be used when making a submission to Council regarding infrastructure charges offsets and refunds.

For infrastructure charges levied between 1 July 2011 and 29 June 2014, Council determines infrastructure offsets and refunds in accordance with the Charges Resolutions (No. 1, 2 or 3) 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 or 6), refer to Part 4 of the Charges Resolution.

Charges reduction for retirement and aged care accommodation 

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced an initiative which reduces infrastructure charges by 33 per cent for qualifying developments for retirement and aged care accommodation. 

The reduction applies to development for a Retirement facility and/or Residential care facility which is 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 if the development approval is given 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

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has maintained the initiative which reduces infrastructure charges for qualifying residential development approvals that took effect between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2017 which provides accommodation for tertiary or higher education students on sites:

  • within 4km 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

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk 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

  • between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 inclusive, but only if that development application was lodged prior to 1 July 2014, or  as a result of a formal pre-lodgement meeting which occurred 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

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk 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 have been approved to pay reduced charges. 

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This register is updated at the conclusion of the financial year. 

Request for calculations

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

You can lodge this request at any Regional Business Centre or via email by following Council's eLodgement electronic file requirements.

Refer to the Schedule of Fees and Charges for the fee in 2017-18 financial year.

Billing and payment process

Customers receive details of their infrastructure charges via two Infrastructure Charges Notices (ICNs):

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

Council continues to issue ICNs for the Queensland Urban Utilities networks for development applications lodged prior to 1 July 2014. 

Payment

Infrastructure charges must be paid following the receipt of the ICN and when:

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

Before payment is made

Payment can only be processed when it is accompanied by a current Itemised Breakdown of Infrastructure Charges.

To receive an Itemised Breakdown of Infrastructure Charges, you can submit your request by completing the online request form

Important: to avoid delays, check the 'Amount payable date' on the Itemised Breakdown prior to attempting to pay the charges. If the date has passed, a new Itemised Breakdown will be required before payment is made.

How to pay

For ICNs issued by Council (including ICNs for QUU networks where the development application was lodged prior to 1 July 2014), infrastructure charges can be paid at any Regional Business Centre by cash, cheque or EFTPOS (using a ‘cheque’ or ‘savings’ account). Payments by Mastercard or Visa will incur a credit card surcharge, which is the same surcharge charged for rate payments paid by credit card.  

Records of infrastructure charges

Infrastructure Charges Register

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

A printed copy can be viewed at the:

Customer Service Centre
Level 1, Brisbane Square
266 George Street, Brisbane.

Infrastructure agreements

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

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You can purchase a copy of an infrastructure agreement at Regional Business Centres. A CD of the agreement will be posted within 48 hours and is subject to a fee per agreement.

21 July 2017