BRISBANE ADOPTED INFRASTRUCTURE CHARGES RESOLUTION (NO. 5) 2015 INFRASTRUCTURE CHARGES FACTSHEET • JULY 2015 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 dwellings $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 either: • 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.