Development Incentives
  • Last updated:
  • 03 Aug 2016

Subsidy for Community, Sporting and Religious Organisations

Any non-profit, volunteer, charitable, community, sporting, religious organisation not in possession of a permanent liquor or gaming licence or a surf lifesaving club (or similar organisation) in possession of a permanent liquor or gaming licence is eligible for a 50% reduction in application fees.

In order for the organisation to be eligible as a volunteer, community, sporting or religious organisation, at the time of lodgement of the application, the organisation must provide verifiable written proof that the organisation is either registered with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a charitable/non-profit organisation, or alternatively registered with the Office of Fair Trading under either the Associations Incorporation Act or Corporations Act.

Operational Works Applications

Where an Operational Works application is made by an approved consultant in accordance with a council endorsed Decision ready program, a 20% discount on the respective assessment fee will apply.

Applications involving a mixed use development

Fees for the application shall be the sum of the Primary Use fee plus 50% of the fees for each type of other uses (e.g. Multiple Dwelling, Restaurant, Shops = Fee for Multiple Dwelling plus 50% of the fees for the Restaurant and Shops). Only applicable if uses are on the same site.

Note:- Primary Use is the use with the highest application fee.

This mixed use fee does not apply to applications for preliminary approvals lodged under s241 and/or s242 of SPA.

Combined Applications

Applications can be lodged at the same time involving more than one development type (e.g. material change of use/reconfiguring a lot/operational work). Full fees are payable for each development type included in an application unless the application comprises of a combined Duplex Dwelling/Dual Occupancy FastTrack MCU and Operational Works application. In this instance the fee shall be the MCU fee for the Duplex Dwelling/Dual Occupancy and the Operational Works fee will be waivered.

Material Change of Use within an Existing Building

If an application involves a Material Change of Use within an existing building, the application shall be discounted by 25%.

Concessions for Buildings and Sites Affected by Heritage Provisions

Where an application for demolition (including partial demolition) or removal of a structure or place affected by the cultural heritage provisions of the Planning Scheme, a fee of $1465.00 shall apply.

Where a development application (MCU or Preliminary Building Approval), other than referred to above, is required solely as a result of the heritage provisions of the planning scheme, whether code or impact assessable, NO fee shall apply to such an application.

Material Change of Use Application Fee Rebates Scheme

A 25% rebate of application fees paid (not including UnityWater fees) at the lodgement of an application can be applied for in writing by the applicant if the use commences within two years from the date of approval. Rebate is subject only for the following uses as defined by the relevant Planning Scheme:

  • Rural
    • agriculture
    • environment facility
    • roadside stall
    • winery
  • Tourism
    • nature based tourism
    • short term accommodation - where for a 5-star (or better) tourist facility
    • shop – for an art and craft centre where located in a rural zone
    • tourist attraction – where located within a rural zone.
  • Health Care Services
    • residential care facility (high care i.e. Nursing Home)

If the use has not commenced within two years from the approval date, no rebate will apply.


  • An applicant can only apply for a single discount. The highest reduction will apply. 

  • Rebates can be applied upon commencement of the use if within two years from approval being granted.