Development incentives
  • Last updated:
  • 08 Jan 2020

The following discounts, rebates and concessions are available on development applications: 

Community, sporting and religious organisations

A 50% reduction in application fees is available for some organisations.

You must not hold a permanent liquor or gaming license, and be a registered:

  • non-profit organisation
  • volunteer organisation
  • charitable organisation
  • sporting organisation
  • religious organisation, or
  • surf lifesaving club (or similar organisation).

Conditions apply, refer to the Development Services fees and charges for more details.

Applications involving a mixed use development

Council reduces fees for mixed use applications. Except for the primary use fee, the fees for each type of other uses is reduced to 50%. This reduction is only applicable if uses are on the same site. For example, a multiple dwelling with restaurant and shops is calculated as:

  • fee for multiple dwelling, plus 50% of the fees for the restaurant and shops

Note: primary use is the use with the highest application fee.

This mixed use fee does not apply for preliminary approvals, including variation requests.

Combined applications

Applications involving more than one development type can be lodged at the same time. For example, material change of use (MCU), reconfiguring a lot (RAL) and operational work (OPW). 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 OPW application. In this instance council waives the OPW fee.

Conditions apply, refer to the Development Services fees and charges for more details.

Material change of use within an existing building

Applications involving a material change of use within an existing building get a 25% discount.

Conditions apply, refer to the Development Services fees and charges for more details.

Buildings and sites affected by heritage provisions

A fee applies for applications to demolish (including partial demolition) or remove a structure or place affected by the cultural heritage provisions of the Planning Scheme.

Council waives the fee for all other development applications (MCU or preliminary building approval), if required solely as a result of the heritage provisions of the planning scheme, whether code or impact assessable.

Material change of use application fee rebate

You can apply for a 25% rebate when you lodge your application for a material change of use. This does not include Unitywater fees. The rebate is 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 MCU approval takes effect date, no rebate will apply.