The Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) program is a NSW Government initiative that seeks to cover some of the cost of infrastructure through developer contributions.
SICs support the growing population by funding a range of infrastructure including:
SICs may also be used to fund biodiversity offsets in Western Sydney.
A SIC is paid by the developer in Special Contributions Areas and only on new development such as residential subdivisions and industrial estates. The contribution rate is based on the share of infrastructure used by the development. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is careful to ensure contributions are reasonable and relate only to new growth.
The Minister for Planning and Public Spaces will determine whether a SIC will apply to an area after consultation with the community. SICs can apply in both metropolitan areas such as Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and Wollongong as well as regional NSW.
The requirement to pay a SIC is specified as a condition of consent for some approved developments.
To confirm if a SIC applies to your development, and to calculate a SIC charge, please visit the SIC Online Service. This Service also allows applicants to request a SIC assessment online for faster assessment and more efficient communication with the department during the SIC assessment process.
The SIC Online Service includes the ePlanning Spatial Viewer, an interactive map where you can check if your site is within a SIC Area.
To begin the process, please register for an account.
The department welcomed your feedback on proposed draft Special Infrastructure Contributions guidelines from 15 April 2020 until 12 June 2020. We are now reviewing and considering all submissions received.
Your feedback will help inform critical improvements to the infrastructure contributions system in NSW.
These proposed guidelines aim to improve transparency around the purpose and function of SICs. To find out more on the proposed changes, you can visit our Planning Portal website.
For more information, including information on previous SICs exhibited, please call 1300 305 695 and ask to speak to the Infrastructure and Place team.
The proposed SIC for Bayside West could provide up to $86.4 million in developer funding to support the delivery of Bayside West Precincts 2036.
The proposed SIC for Greater Macarthur could provide up to $1.58 billion to help fund key infrastructure to support growth in Menangle, Gilead, North Appin, West Appin and Appin East.
The Gosford City Centre Special Infrastructure Contribution Determination came into effect on Friday 12 October 2018.
The Hunter Region SIC provides funding towards the delivery of infrastructure required to support residential and industrial development across the Hunter Region.
The proposed SIC could provide up to $1.5 billion in funding over the next 30 years for new and upgraded state and regional infrastructure in the North West Growth Area.
The proposed SIC for Rhodes could provide up to $74.8 million in funding towards road and open space improvements to support development in the area.
The proposed SIC for St Leonards and Crows Nest could provide up to $113 million of funding for infrastructure to support the growing community over the next 20 years.
The Western Sydney Growth Areas Special Infrastructure Contribution Determination came into effect on 14 January 2011.