The amount of the contributions levied will depend upon the loading that the proposed development will have on the water supply and/or sewerage systems. The greater the loading on the systems the greater the developer charges amount payable. These charges can amount to many tens of thousands of dollars and as such you will need to make appropriate allowances in your feasibility assessment. It is recommended that the applicant or developer contact Shoalhaven Water to obtain an idea of the likely charges to be imposed.
Charge rates increase annually and as such the applicant/developer must be mindful that the amount payable may increase where payment is made in a future financial year.
Developer charges are based on an equivalent tenement (ET) loading based on the water supply and/or sewerage systems.
Subject to the type of development proposed the following methods are used to calculate the number of ET’s:
- Number of lots (eg, residential subdivisions)
- Number of bedrooms (eg, medium density and dual occupancy developments)
- Number of sites and cabins (eg, caravan park, manufactured housing estate, tourist developments)
- Floor area (eg, commercial and industrial developments)
- Number of persons (eg, church, entertainment centre, child minding facility)
- Number of units (eg, washing machines for a laundromat or beds for a hospital)
- Water use (eg, where the development is a high-water user)
- A combination of the above for a diverse/complex development
Note: the ET factor for water supply may be different to the ET factor for sewerage.
When you receive a Water Development Notice from Shoalhaven Water, the amount payable for Developer Contributions will be listed and current for the relevant financial year.