Council Report Section 94 / 7.11 Contribution

November 23, 2023

Section 94 mandates developers to pay a charge based on anticipated construction costs, aiding public infrastructure improvement. Our Quantity Surveyors offer detailed construction cost estimates used by the council to calculate the levy under Section 94/7.1.

What does a Section 94 Council Report entail?

he Section 94 Cost Synopsis Report (also known as a Section 7.11 Cost Synopsis Report in New South Wales) provides an estimate of expenses for a development project.

This report serves the purpose of computing the developer’s obligatory levy for local infrastructure contributions. This levy constitutes a percentage of the overall expenses incurred in the development, as mandated by Section 94 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

The report generally provides an intricate delineation of all expenses related to the proposed construction venture, encompassing a comprehensive range of items such as:

  • Site acquisition and preparation costs
  • Construction costs
  • Professional fees
  • Contingency costs
  • Any other costs related to the development

The aim of this report is to guarantee that the developer contributes an equitable and commensurate sum towards enhancing public amenities and services affected by the upcoming development project within your local council vicinity.

However, the requirement for a Section 94 report is not solely based on the cost of the development. Even relatively low-cost developments can have a significant impact on local amenities and services.

Developers should always check with their local council or planning authority to understand their specific obligations for Section 94 contributions.

Our Section 94 Report Process

When the calculated cost estimate of the development is more than $100,000, the Section 94 Report must be completed by a person who is suitably qualified by the council (generally builders and architects).

However, if the cost estimate of the new development is above $500,000, the council may request the provision of an independent. Cost Summary Report certified and provided by a registered quantity surveyor.

Cost Logic can prepare the Section 94 report in accordance with your council’s format and requirements. An accurate report can help you avoid paying higher contribution fees to the council than necessary or running the risk of undervaluing the contribution levy.

What is involved in producing a Section 94 Council Report?

Producing a Section 94 Council Report involves several key steps:

  • Plan Review: At the outset, we examine the blueprints intended for submission in the Development Application or Complying Development Certificate. Acquiring this data is crucial to understanding the extent and specifics of the envisioned development.
  • Measuring Gross Floor Areas: follows the Method of Measurement of Building Areas in the AIQS Cost. Management Manual Volume 1, Appendix A2. This guarantees precise and standardized measurements for the cost estimate.
  • Creating a cost estimate: (including GST) aligns with relevant cost management manuals and complies with council regulations.
  • Populating and signing the development contribution forms: required by the council.
  • Preparing the Section 94 Report: in accordance with your council’s format and requirements.

Why Choose Cost Logic  Cost Estimators and Quantity Surveyors?

Cost Logic experts excel in cost estimating and quantity surveying, combining expertise, efficiency, and top-notch customer service. As certified members of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS), we maintain high professional standards and extensive experience in every project.

Our commitment lies in swiftly delivering precise Section 94 Cost Summary Reports, usually within two business days, ensuring your project stays on schedule. Our accurate cost estimations aim to minimize Section 94a contribution fees, helping you pay only what’s essential to the council.

Moreover, our cost estimator team is adept at preparing reports in accordance with specific council formats and requirements, ensuring smooth acceptance of your report. We offer these high-quality services at competitive fees, providing excellent value for money.