NSW Council Construction Cost DA Approval

November 23, 2023

Do you need a registered quantity surveyor’s Cost Estimate to accompany your DA application?

Within New South Wales (NSW), councils frequently mandate a comprehensive Cost Report prepared by a Registered Quantity Surveyor upon submission of a Development Application (DA) for construction. This detailed report significantly contributes to securing Council Construction Cost DA Approval in NSW.

In NSW, pursuant to Section 7.12 (S7.12) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, local councils are vested with the authority to impose development contributions for public infrastructure under section 94. These contributions, reliant on anticipated development expenses, are vital in achieving NSW Council Construction Cost DA Approval.

Should your development exceed a predetermined cost threshold (usually between $500,000 to $3,000,000), the council requires a Detailed Cost Report from a Registered Quantity Surveyor to validate construction expenses. This requirement is in line with section 25J of the EPAA 1979, mandating a quantity surveyor accredited by the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors or a similar authority. Additionally, the council might specify particular formatting requirements for the surveyor’s report.

Our AIQS-affiliated quantity surveyors, skilled in preparing Section 7.12 cost estimates, possess extensive construction estimation experience.

NSW Council Construction Cost DA Approval: Exploring COST LOGIC’s Section 7.12 Services

  • Reviewing the plans related to the development consent application
  • Attaching an estimate, typically following the Australian Cost Management Manuals by the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors;
  • Calculating development costs based on clause 25J of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000 at current prices;
  • Incorporating GST into the development cost calculation
  • Measuring Gross Floor Areas as per the AIQS Cost. Management Manual Volume 1, Appendix A2’s Method of Measurement of Building Areas.

Cost Logic’s estimate reports are meticulously crafted, drawing on decades of practical experience and realistic cost data from our extensive historic database.

What do we need to prepare your Section 7.12 report?

Please send us a PDF of the latest architectural plans and accompanying documentation for your DA application. Additionally, provide the name of the local council authority where you’ll lodge the application.

To receive a firm quotation for your Section 7.12 Registered Quantity Surveyor’s Detailed Cost Report either call our number +61423609877 or email us directly at info@costlogic.com.au  and we will respond within two business day. Alternatively click the link:  https://costlogic.com.au/contact-us/