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Development contributions help cover the cost of delivering infrastructure needed to support new businesses, communities and homes.


Planning agreements are a method of securing these contributions. A planning agreement is a legal agreement between a developer and a planning authority, such as the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, or local councils.


The development contributions system operates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979. Planning agreements can deliver or fund:

  • public amenities and services
  • affordable housing
  • transport or other infrastructure
  • conservation or enhancement of the natural environment.


The applicant is required to meet the cost of preparing the legal agreements. 


Planning agreements with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment are referred to as State Voluntary Planning Agreements (SVPA) to differentiate them from local council planning agreements.



Did you know…

SVPA helped deliver the Erskine Park Link Road at Western Sydney, a major road to support employment and improve traffic flow.

Satisfactory arrangements

The majority of SVPAs entered into by the Department relate to a clause in councils’ Local Environmental Plans, which require the developer to make satisfactory arrangements for the provision of state infrastructure to service their development. These clauses require the infrastructure (or contribution towards its cost) to be secured before a planning authority can provide consent for development. 


In most cases, a planning agreement must be in effect prior to certifying that satisfactory arrangements have been made.


Preparing a SVPA

To assist developers to enter into a SVPA the Department has developed a digital service to expedite and streamline the process. This new online service enables developers and relevant parties to lodge and track applications with the Department online via the NSW Planning Portal.


To contact us about a proposed development that may require a SVPA, you can call 1300 305 695 and ask to speak to the Infrastructure and Place team, or email


SVPA Digital Service


SVPA register

All SVPAs are publicly notified and made available for public feedback before they are finalised. All SVPAs currently on notification, under consideration, executed or concluded are available to view on the SVPA Register.


SVPA Register

Page last updated: 18/12/2019