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The St Leonards and Crows Nest Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) applies to new additional residential development and will help fund new and upgraded infrastructure to support the St Leonards and Crows Nest 2036 plan. The developer contributions will help fund infrastructure upgrades to support new growth, including: 

  • Open space
  • Pedestrian and cycle improvements
  • Education
  • Road crossing improvements
  • Planning and delivery.

 

More information on the Special Infrastructure Contribution can be found in the:

 

Transitional rates

To help new development proposals adapt to the new charge, the SIC will be phased in over 3 years, with a 50% reduction in 2020-21 and a 25% reduction in 2021-22. The full rate will apply from 1 July 2022.

 

COVID-19 Response measures

The NSW Government has made changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in response to the COVID-19 emergency. In June 2020 new Ministerial directions and determinations were made to temporarily defer the payment of special infrastructure contributions until the issuing of an occupation certificate for certain types of development.

 

On 25 March 2021 the COVID-19 Recovery Act 2021 extended the COVID-19 prescribed period to 31 March 2022. 

 

The extension applies to Ministerial directions and determinations under the EP&A Act relating to State and local infrastructure contributions. Accordingly, any reference to the prescribed period within the meaning of section 10.17 of the EP&A Act is a reference to the extended period ending on 31 March 2022.

 

For more information on these changes, you can read the Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Response measures: Infrastructure contributions – Timing of payment (PDF, 129 KB)

 

New requirements for certifiers on issuing an occupation certificate

Recent amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (EP&A Regulation) require certifiers to confirm that there are no outstanding infrastructure contributions or levies prior to issuing an occupation certificate.

 

For more information on these changes, you can read the Planning Circular: Payment of infrastructure contributions or levies prior to the issuing of an occupation certificate (PDF, 225 KB).

 

Paying this SIC

To confirm your development is within the SIC area and pay your contribution, please visit our SIC Online Service.

 

To begin the process, users must register for an account.

 

Visit the SIC Online Service

 

Consultation

The draft SIC was on exhibition from 15 October 2018 to 8 February 2019. All technical documents related to the draft St Leonards and Crows Nest SIC are available on our Planning Portal website.

 

More information

 

To find out more about the project, you can:

  • Read the Fact sheet with specific details about St Leonards and Crows Nest SIC (PDF,  287 KB)
  • Call our Information Centre on 1300 305 695 and ask to speak to the Infrastructure and Place team.

Page last updated: 30/04/2021