Step 1: You

Before you start

Objections are a more formal process that allow developers to seek a commissioner review of the application of the DC Policy in our decision.

Before objecting to your development contribution assessment, please first refer to: 

  • Section 199 (C-P) and Schedule 13A of the Local Government Act 2002
  • Section 15 of Council’s Development Contributions Policy: ‘Objecting to an assessed charge’

Understand criteria

You may object to our assessed amount of your development criteria in accordance with Section 199C of the Local Government Act 2002. 

You must notify us of your objection within 15 working days of receiving notice of the level of the development contribution required.

If you’ve made a prior request for reconsideration, note that the 15-working-day period begins on the day after the date on which you received notice of the outcome.

You can object only on the grounds that we have:

  1. failed to properly take into account features of the objector's development that, on their own or cumulatively with those of other developments, would substantially reduce the impact of the development on requirements for community facilities in the territorial authority's district or parts of that district, or
  2. required a development contribution for community facilities not required by or related to the objector's development, whether on its own or cumulatively with other developments, or
  3. required a development contribution in breach of section 200, or
  4. incorrectly applied its development contributions policy to the objector's development.

Step 2: You

If the objection cannot be resolved between the developer and us, we will appoint at least one government nominated development contribution Commissioner to hear the objection. 

Both parties must prepare and submit evidence to the Commissioner(s) in support of the objection. It is recommended you seek legal advice before engaging in the objection process.  

For further information on the objection process, contact our Development Contributions team​.

By phone

07 958 5803


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Last updated 4 July 2024