What is a Development Contributions Plan?

A Development Contributions Plan (DCP) is a levy on new development which contributes to providing essential infrastructure needed for our growing community. It is a mechanism under the Planning and EnvironmentAct 1987 to allow local governments to collect levies from new development.

What is Amendment C194moon?

Amendment C194moon proposes to introduce a Development Contributions Plan Overlay into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme, to apply to all of Moonee Valley. This will allow Council to collect levies from new developments proposing to increase the number of dwellings and/or increase leasable commercial, retail or industrial floor area.

How will the levy be used?

The DCP helps fund two types of infrastructure:

1. Development Infrastructure including:

• Community facilities for maternal and child health services and childcare.

• Open space embellishments such as:

- landscaping

- shared paths

- playgrounds

- recreation equipment

- car parks.

• Public realm improvements such as footpaths, tree planting and street furniture.

• Road renewals and upgrades, traffic management devices, walking and cycling paths, pedestrian-operated signals and accessible parking.

2. Community Infrastructure including:

• Works for all other buildings or facilities used for community purposes such as community hubs and multi-purpose pavilions.

How much does Council expect the DCP to contribute to infrastructure projects?

The DCP includes 556 projects and is anticipated to collect approximately $71 million of the estimated total cost of these projects (total cost is approximately $381.1 million).

Council will be responsible for delivering these projects through to 2040.

You can view the full list of projects in the Moonee Valley Development Contributions Plan


What types of development contribute to the Development Infrastructure Levy?

All new development proposing to increase the number of dwellings and/or increase leasable commercial, retail or industrial floor area is required to contribute to the Development Infrastructure Levy.

What types of development contribute to the Development Infrastructure Levy?

All new development proposing to increase the number of dwellings and/or increase leasable commercial, retail or industrial floor area is required to contribute to the Development Infrastructure Levy.

What types of development contribute to the Community Infrastructure Levy?

Only development that increasing the number of dwellings pay the Community Infrastructure Levy. The levy is capped by the State Government at $1,190 per dwelling.

When does the Development Infrastructure Levy need to be paid?

Payment of the Development Infrastructure levy must be made at one of the following stages:

• Before a Statement of Compliance is issued

• Prior to commencement of works

• Before a building permit is issued.

Payment of the Community Infrastructure Levy must be made before the date of issue of a

Building Permit.

Both levies are paid to Council, which is the Collecting Agency under the Act.


Are there transitional provisions for payment of levies?

There are no transitional provisions for Amendment C194moon. If Amendment C194moon is approved, levies will need to be paid from this time. 

What happens if I’ve been issued a planning permit?

If a planning permit is issued after the approval of the DCP, you will be required to pay a levy. 

What happens if I’ve a current building permit?

If you require a building permit and it is issued after the approval of the DCP, you will be required to pay levies. 

What happens if I amend my planning or building permit?

If you amend your planning or building permit you may be required to pay levies. 

Does the DCP levy apply to subdivision?

If you require a subdivision permit and it is issued after the DCP has been incorporated into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme, you will be required to pay the Development Infrastructure Levy.

Will I need to pay the levy for my development if I don’t require a planning or building permit?

All new development proposing to increase the number of dwellings and/or increase leasable commercial, retail or industrial floor area are required to pay the levy.

In these instances both levies are payable before the start of any works. 

How are the levies calculated?

Moonee Valley has been divided into 18 charge areas (Figure 1). Each charge area attracts an individual levy for the type of development.

The amount a development contributes varies depending on the area where the development is proposed and the type of development (residential, retail, commercial or industrial). The amounts are included in Schedule 1 of the Development Contributions Plan Overlay, Clause 45.06s, of the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.

For example: An applicant in charge area 1 proposes to retain an existing dwelling and construct a new dwelling. For one new dwelling, the charge area requires the payment of $1,190 towards Community Infrastructure and $1,273.20 towards Development Infrastructure. The total levy payable is $2,463.20.

The Development Infrastructure Levy is adjusted annually on 1 July by applying the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The Community Infrastructure Levy is adjusted annually using the Producer Price Index for Non- Residential Building Construction in Victoria.

How will I know the levy amount I have to pay?

You can access the development contributions calculator, located on Council’s website, to find out how much you have to pay (mvcc.vic.gov.au/dcp).

Or alternatively, when you submit or lodge your planning or building application, Council will provide you with an indication of the amount that you will need to pay. Confirmation of the exact amount will be provided when the planning or subdivision permit is issued or when a building surveyor is appointed.

Are there exemptions?

Yes, the following developments are exempt:

• Land developed for a non-government school

• Land developed for housing by or for the Department of Health and Human Services, and social housing developments delivered by and for registered housing associations

• Use and development subject of an agreement pursuant to section 173 of the Act recorded in dealing number AQ569425F (Moonee Valley Racing Club is subject to its own agreement)

• Minor changes to pre-existing non-residential development of less than 50 square metres

• Alterations and additions to an existing building that do not generate a net increase in demand units

• Outbuildings and fences normal to a dwelling

• Replacement of a single dwelling.

When will the requirement to pay the levy start?

Payment of the levy is not required until Amendment C194moon is published in the Government Gazette and subsequently incorporated into the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.

How can I have my say?

Amendment C194moon is now available for comment.

Submissions must be made in writing and must:

• Include your name and contact details*

• Clearly state the grounds on which you support or oppose the amendment

• Indicate the changes (if any) you want to make

Closing date for submissions is Friday, 30 August 2019 at 5pm.

* Name and contact details of submitters are required for Council to consider submissions and to notify such persons of the opportunity to attend Council meetings and any public hearing held to consider submissions.

What happens to my submission?

Under the Act, Council must make a copy of every submission available at its office during office hours free of charge until two months after the amendment comes into operation or lapses.

What happens next?

Council must take all submissions into consideration. If we cannot resolve your concerns, we will refer the amendment to an independent planning panel (appointed by the Minister for Planning).

The Panel will review all submissions and provide a report with recommendations about the amendment back to Council.

After the planning panel has released the report, the Amendment and report willagain be presented to the Councillors for their consideration.

If the Councillors adopt the amendment at this stage, the Minister for Planning will then consider the Panel's report and whether or not to approve Amendment C194moon to the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme.

Where can I find out more?

To have your say:

·  Fill out the online submission form at

·  Email strategicplanning@mvcc.vic.gov.au

·  Send by mail to:

Strategic Planning Unit

Moonee Valley City Council

PO Box 126

Moonee Ponds, Victoria 3039

Any documents that supports the amendment, including the explanatory report, may be inspected at the Planning Counter at the Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds.

You can also view the amendment by visiting planning.vic.gov.au/schemes-and-amendments/browse-amendments