Council DA Cost Summary Reports

November 23, 2023

Council DA Cost Summary Reports, also referred to as Cost Estimate Reports, are mandatory documents for developers planning residential, commercial, or industrial structures in NSW. Commonly labeled as Registered Quantity Surveyors Reports by councils.

What is a Council Cost (Registered Quantity Surveyors) Report?

The submission of Council DA Cost Summary Reports is mandatory alongside the Development Application (DA) and Construction Certificate (CC) directly to your regional council. Two variations of cost estimation report forms are available based on the total project expenses. Investors must complete one form for projects estimated under $500,000 and a separate form for projects exceeding the $500,000 threshold.

Section 94 reports are usually a precautionary measure defined by the local council. They want to make sure to have sufficient funds in place for community purposes, such as infrastructure maintenance, investments in education, public centers, etc.

Understanding the Significance of Council DA Cost Summary Reports

The Developmental Approval Report (DA report) signifies the initial phase in gaining approval from the local council for your construction project. Essentially, it compiles a set of essential reports and documents necessary for the approval of your building project. Additionally, this report assists in delineating the authority fees that you, as a developer, are obligated to remit.

Among the prerequisites for securing approval for your project is the production of a Council Cost Report prepared by a quantity surveyor. This report is mandated when the estimated expenses for the development project surpass a threshold set by the local council.

When are QS Reports Required?

Once the cost of a certain construction project reaches and surpasses a certain value, the NSW council demands a professionally made “Registered Quantity Surveyor’s Cost Report”. The value of these costs is usually between $500,000 and $3,000,000. This report is necessary to verify the construction costs.

This is also a supplementary document to the DA or CC certifications.

The purpose of the report is to enable the calculation of the fees for Section 7.12 contributions. Section 7.12 was previously known as Section 94 Contributions.

Why do you need a Section 94 Report?

The primary necessity for acquiring a Section 94 report is its legal mandate for submission along with your development application, as highlighted earlier in our post.

An additional imperative is to prevent unforeseen budget overruns and maintain precise oversight of your expenditure. Engaging a skilled quantity surveyor to draft the report before your development commences is crucial. Subsequently, this report can undergo periodic updates—weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. Consequently, you’ll maintain a real-time overview of your expenses, ensuring adherence to your project budget throughout its duration.

Our Section 94 reports center on two fundamental aspects: Main Elemental Costs and Sub Elemental Costs.

Main Elemental Costs

These include building components, internal and external fabrics, internal and external services, superstructure preliminaries, substructure and internal finishes, and more.

Sub-Elemental Costs

These include individual components used to create main components such as doors, walls, columns, windows, plumbing etc.

When we gather all of the above information, we will create a detailed report based on the size of your development. Our report will include an estimated total cost for the project, as well as a rate per square meter.

Get your Cost Estimate Report with COST LOGIC

It’s not uncommon for projects to go over budget, as well as timeframes for that matter. Professional quantity surveyors are here to help your project stay on budget and on time. Here’s how a business like ours can help you:

  • We’ll inspect your development plans
  • We will calculate your construction costs in accordance with the Australian Cost Management Manual