Section 94A Local Council Estimate

It is becoming increasingly common for many Municipality Local Councils within New South Wales to impose a levy when a development consent or complying development certificate is issued. The levy can only be imposed if a section 94A development contributions plan is validly in place.

Section 94A was introduced by the NSW governments, Department of Planning, under the Environment Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to allow appropriate development contributions to be levied in areas, such as (a) rural and regional areas, where there are slow rates of development or development is sporadic; and (b) established urban areas, where development is mainly ‘infill’ development and is also sporadic.

Quantum QS is a firm of quantity surveyors and has practising members known as Associates of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AAIQS) and Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) as a result are qualified and endorsed by these practicing bodies to complete such reports.

These reports need to be signed off by a recognised Quantity Surveyor such as an Associate of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) and generally indicate square metre costs for bulk office, retail, warehousing, car parking and residential areas. These reports involve the preparation of an Elemental Estimate generally prepared in accordance with the Australian Cost Management Manuals from the AIQS.

The proposed development areas will to be measured as gross floor areas in accordance with the Method of Measurement of Building Area in the AIQS Cost Management Manual Volume 1, Appendix A2.

The proposed development costs calculation will be in accordance with the definition of development costs in the S94A Development Contributions Plan of the Council of the mentioned Local Council Authority at current prices. These will generally include GST in the calculation of development and construction cost.