Information Sheet 054
On 19 December 2018, Toowoomba Regional Council adopted the Charges Resolution - No. 3 in line with changes made by the Queensland State Government to the way infrastructure charges are levied.
What are adopted Infrastructure Charges?
Toowoomba Regional Council levies infrastructure charges as part of the development application process which includes development assessment and compliance assessment. This ensures that new development pays a share of the cost of providing infrastructure to meet additional demand on trunk infrastructure networks.
The Local Government Infrastructure Plan, Part 4 of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme, the planning scheme, includes Council’s 15 year forward plan for trunk infrastructure which will be funded by infrastructure charges. Refer to Info 035 Priority Infrastructure Plan Information Sheet (for print) and Charges Resolution No. 3 information sheet INFO 004 (for print).
What types of development does the Charges Resolution (CR) apply to?
The types of development that trigger the levying of adopted infrastructure charges are:
- Reconfiguring a lot (RAL);
- Material change of use of premises (MCU); and
- Carrying out building work.
When are the infrastructure charges payable?
The adopted infrastructure charges are payable:
- RAL- when Council approves the plan of subdivision for the RAL;
- MCU- when the change happens; or
- Building works - when the Certificate of classification or Final Inspection Certificate for the building works is issued.
Infrastructure Charges relating to building works
The Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme has reduced the level of assessment of some types of developments for examples:
- Dual occupancy in residential areas from Code or Impact Assessment to Exempt from Council assessment; and
- Reuse of commercial buildings for commercial purposes in residential areas from Code Assessment to Exempt and in commercial areas from Impact Assessment to Self Assessment
The reduction in the level of assessment has meant that there will no longer be the necessity to pay development application fees. However, the development will still be required to pay infrastructure charges as per Charges Resolution - No.3.
If you are a private certifier that has been engaged by a client to perform private assessment and certification of building works, you are required by Section 143 of the Building Act 1975 to provide Council with a copy of the notice of engagement within 5 business days after the engagement starts. At this time, Council will advise you if the development will attract adopted infrastructure charges.
For further specific information on Infrastructure Charging on Building Works, please contact the Infrastructure Charges Unit on 131 TRC (872) or visit your nearest Customer Service Centre.
The information contained on this page is a guide only. This information has been prepared by Toowoomba Regional Council to help people gain an understanding of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme. Please consult the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme for detailed information including maps (zones, local plans, overlays and priority infrastructure plan), provisions and policies. The content of this information sheet is not intended to replace the provisions of the Toowoomba Regional Planning Scheme.