(No.5) 2015 factsheet - Brisbane City Council

On 25 June 2015, Brisbane City Council adopted the Brisbane Adopted Infrastructure
Charges Resolution (BAICR) (No.5) 2015. This resolution applies to development
applications decided on or after 1 July 2015.
The resolution stipulates new infrastructure charge amounts, includes some changes for
student accommodation and sport and recreation uses, and changes how demand
credits are calculated.
Adopted Charges
For the first time since 2013, Council has increased its adopted infrastructure charges for
reconfiguring a lot and some residential development types, to reflect the rising costs of
providing infrastructure.
Infrastructure charges have increased for some residential developments and
reconfiguring a lot by $1000 per dwelling or lot. The new total adopted infrastructure
charges for Council’s trunk infrastructure networks (stormwater, transport, community
purposes) are shown below.*
Reconfiguring a lot
Residential - one or two bedroom dwellings
Residential - three or more bedroom
$14,000 per lot*
$10,000 per dwelling*
$14,000 per dwelling*
*Note: This does not include charges levied by Queensland Urban Utilities for water
supply and sewerage trunk networks.
The adopted infrastructure charges for short-term accommodation and long-term
accommodation charge categories remain unchanged. Please refer to Schedule 2 –
Adopted Charges for more-detailed information about these charges.
The increases will affect only applications decided from 1 July 2015. Any Infrastructure
Charge Notices decided on or before 30 June 2015 will not be impacted by this change.
Before paying an infrastructure charge notice, applicants must request an itemised
breakdown showing the charges payable at the time of payment.
For more information on infrastructure charge calculations, please
contact Council on (07) 3403 8888 and ask to speak to the Infrastructure
Charges Calculation team.
References to the Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP)
Council has replaced all references to ‘Priority Infrastructure Plan’ with ‘Local
Government Infrastructure Plan’ in BAICR (No.5). This reflects changes to the
Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA).
Infrastructure Demand Credits
Council has simplified how demand credits are provided under BAICR (No.5). A demand
credit is the demand placed upon local government trunk infrastructure networks by
existing development, previous lawful development or existing lots.
The demand credit is calculated as equal to the highest amount of the demand unit for
• the existing lawful use; or
• the previous lawful use; or
• each existing lot of the premises.
Please refer to Section 16 – Working out the additional demand for more-detailed
information about infrastructure demand credits.
Applicants seeking a demand credit can complete the prescribed form and checklist
available on Council’s ‘infrastructure charges’ web page.
Conversion Criteria
Council has clarified its conversion criteria for deciding a conversion application in BAICR
(No.5), to ensure consistency with the Queensland Government’s Statutory Guideline
03/14 – Local government infrastructure plans.
Please refer to Section 20 – Conversion criteria for more-detailed information about
conversion criteria.
Applicants making a conversion application can complete the prescribed form and
checklist available on Council’s ‘infrastructure charges’ web page, and must also pay the
required fee.
Indoor Sport and Recreation Facility – Court area definition
– Changed charges for indoor sport and recreation activities
Council has introduced a definition of ‘court area’ for indoor sport and recreation facility
uses in BAICR (No.5).
The new definition clarifies that a court area includes not only the area of a premises
where ball sports such as tennis and netball are played but also areas where other sport
and recreation activities occur, such as fitness or weightlifting gyms and dance studios.
These activity areas will now be charged $15 per square metre (of gross floor area)
rather than $140 per square metre.
The new court area definition excludes areas of indoor sport and recreation facilities used
for grandstands and spectators, office and administration, amenities, or food and
beverage. Please refer to Schedule 1 Dictionary for the definition of court area.
Student Accommodation – One-bedroom suite charge
Council has lowered the charge rate for a ‘one-bedroom suite’ in a student
accommodation development from $8000 to $4000, to align this charge rate with a ‘single
bedroom not within a suite’.
This applies to the following uses under Brisbane City Plan 2014:
• Rooming accommodation (off-site student accommodation)
• Onsite student accommodation ancillary to educational establishment.
Refer to Schedule 4 Applied local government adopted charges for particular uses for
more-detailed information about this charge.
Note: Developers with approvals for student accommodation within four kilometres of the
Brisbane General Post Office may also be eligible for a charge reduction (subject to
complying with additional criteria) by entering into an infrastructure agreement with
Council. Further information regarding this initiative is available in the ‘Student
accommodation infrastructure charges reduction’ factsheet available on Council’s
‘infrastructure charges’ web page.
Subsidy for eligible community organisations
Council provides a subsidy to eligible community organisations to reduce their
infrastructure charges. Further information regarding this initiative is available on the
‘Infrastructure charges subsidy for eligible organisations’ factsheet on Council’s
‘infrastructure charges’ web page.
More information
To download a copy of Brisbane Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution (No.5) 2015,
or for more information regarding infrastructure charges, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au
and search for ‘infrastructure charges’ or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.