Community Infrastructure Levies

A Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is applied to new development for community infrastructure. 

This can include things such as libraries and sporting pavilions, paid by the landowner prior to the issuing of a building permit for any new or additional dwelling (unless agreed to be paid by the developer).

The infrastructure funded by the CIL is set out in the Development Contributions Plan (DCP) for that precinct or development area. The DCP is an incorporated document in the Greater Geelong Planning Scheme and is a mechanism used to levy new development for contributions to fund planned infrastructure that will be needed by the future community.

There are some smaller developments across the municipality that may also include a CIL as part of an agreement with Council. These CIL obligations can be confirmed by checking title details, which should include reference to a Section 173 Agreement (S173). A S173 is a voluntary and legally binding agreement between Council and another party (in this case generally a developer) under Section 173 of the Planning and Environment Act 1987. Developers agree to pay the CIL in these agreements.

Who pays?

Payment of the CIL is the responsibility of the property owner who is building a new dwelling (or additional dwelling) on a lot affected by a Development Contributions Plan Overlay (DCPO). The lot may also be affected by a Section 173 Agreement requiring payment of a CIL by the developer.

An approved DCP may be implemented through a  DCPO and schedule, as provided for in the Victorian Planning Provisions.

The DCPO indicates the area covered by the DCP. The schedule defines  the infrastructure levies that apply to a particular area.

Please also note: Section 24 of the Building Act 1993 does not allow a building surveyor to issue a building permit, unless satisfied that the levy has been paid to Council.
Map showing areas subject to Community Infrastructure Levies and who pays, as at November 2016
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The CIL is paid prior to issuing a building permit.  Payment of the levy is triggered by the approval of a building permit for the construction of new dwelling.  It is mandated under Section 24(5) of the Building Act 1993. The Planning & Environment Act 1987 26(L)(2) sets an upper limit on the amount that can be raised by a CIL through a DCP at $1,225 per dwelling.  The landowner is responsible for payment of the CIL.

The CIL is payable for every new dwelling. So where a lot is further subdivided (into townhouses for example), and additional CIL will be payable for each of the extra dwellings created. 

The CIL can be paid in person at any customer service centre, with a credit card over the phone with our Customer Service Staff on 03 5272 5272 or an invoice with BPay options can be requested once the lot is titled.

Please note: All payments made by credit and debit cards will incur a 0.46 percent charge to enable Council to recover the cost of merchant fees charged by financial institutions.

BPay takes between 2-4 working days for funds to transfer and processing.

Developers who have taken the option to pay the CIL on behalf of the future homeowners are required to pay prior to the subdivision achieving statement of compliance.

CIL Payment amounts 2021-2022

The CIL is calculated on a per dwelling basis.  The amount payable varies between development areas/precincts.

To allow for inflation, the CIL is indexed annually on 1 July.

The current 2021-2022 Community Infrastructure Levies are shown below:

Precinct / Development Area Community Infrastructure Levy
Some housing estate examples
Armstrong Creek East - DCP
$1,118.40 /lot
Warralily (Coast, Horizon Cove, Armstrong Waters, Sanctuary)
Armstrong Creek West - DCP
$1,225.00 /lot
Armstrong Creek Central, Armstrong, Warralily (Grange), The Creek, Lifestyles, Yaringa
Armstrong Creek Horseshoe Bend - DCP
$984.00 /lot
Ashbury, Charlemont Rise, Watermark, Glenlee
Armstrong Creek Town Centre - DCP
$974.30 /lot
Lara West Growth Area (including Manzeene Avenue) - DCP
$999.40 /lot
Manzeene Village, Coridale, Apple Gum Estate
Curlewis Growth Area (also known as Jetty Road Growth Area) - DCP
Paid by Developer prior to title $1,225.00 /lot
Curlewis Parks, Bayview, Bellaview, Baywater, Coriyule
Ocean Grove - Oakdene Estate - S173
Paid by Developer prior to title  $1,126.90 /lot Oakdene Estate
Ocean Grove - Kingston Downs Estate - S173
Paid by Developer prior to title $900.00 /lot Kingston Downs Estate
Point Lonsdale Golf Course - S173
Paid by Developer prior to title $1,044.15 /lot Point Lonsdale Golf Course
Caddys Road - Lara - S173 Paid by Developer prior to title $900.00 /lot  
St Leonards Growth Area 2 - S173 Paid by Developer prior to title $42,833.10 /ha  
Wandana Heights Estate - S173 Paid by Developer prior to title $2,860.20 /lot  

* The Community Infrastructure Levy in DCPs is capped at $1,225.00 (effective 1 July 2021)

Payment by developers during the subdivision process

Previously, only a handful of developers opted to pay the CIL.

As at 1 January 2017, the following estates don't require the new homeowners to pay the levy (that is: the CIL is paid by the developer):

Curlewis Growth Area Armstrong Creek Growth Area
•  Curlewis Parks  •  Anchoridge*
•  Bayview Lara
•  Baywater •  Lara Central*
•  Bellaview Ocean Grove
•  Coriyule •  Oakdene*
Leopold •  Kingston*
•  Estuary* Point Lonsdale
•  Belgravia* •  Lonsdale Golf Club*
St Leonards  
•  Seachange*  

*  These estates have the CIL included in a Section 173 Agreement (S173) or the CIL is paid by the developer.

Payment methods

You can pay the levy via one of the following methods:

In person: Customer Service Centres
By Phone: 03 5272 5272
Mail:  Community Infrastructure Levy
PO Box 104 Geelong 3220
(clearly state address and owner details)

Failure to pay

Section 24 of the Building Act 1993 does not allow a building surveyor to issue a building permit for a new dwelling unless satisfied that the Community Infrastructure Levy has been paid to Council.

If for some reason the CIL was not paid and a building permit has been issued, we will remind the building surveyor of their responsibilities under section 24(5) of the Building Act 1993. Following this, we may take steps with the landowner to secure payment through our established debt collection procedures.

Need to know more...

For more information concerning the CIL, please contact our Development Contributions team on 03 5272 5170 or by email ([email protected]).

Shell Road Sports Pavilion, Ocean Grove

Page last updated: Thursday, 12 August 2021