Councils apply infrastructure charges to development projects to help fund trunk infrastructure such as treatment plants and major roads. It is a form of tax or levy that applies to a development project. The 'Adopted Infrastructure Charges Notice' (or, since recent amendments to the SPA, simply 'Charges Notice') that comes at the time of approval will set out the charge and when it is payable. The charges can be quite significant and therefore ought to be a budget item that a developer should consider early, such as at the time of assessing project feasibility. Each Council publishes its infrastructure charges (in an Adopted Infrastructure Charges Resolution) on its website. Ask one of our senior planning staff about the charges likely to apply to your project.