Proposal to waive DA fees for fire-affected homeowners

RICHMOND Valley Council is seeking the community’s input on a proposal to waive Council-levied development assessment fees for residents rebuilding in bushfire affected areas including Rappville, Busbys Flat, Wyan, Bora Ridge, Bungawalbin, New Italy, Whiporie, Camira Creek and surrounding areas.

Council has developed the proposal in response to the Busbys Flat Road and Myall Creek Road bushfires, which have destroyed a combined total of 60 homes and 172 outbuildings, and damaged a further 23 homes and 65 outbuildings.

The policy would waive all Council-imposed development assessment fees for a period of two years from 8 October 2019, to ensure Council supporting residents where possible to rebuild following the disaster.

Council imposed fees relating to development assessments as required by section 610F of the Local Government Act include the following:

  • Development application fees
  • Construction certificate fees
  • Temporary occupation fees
  • Onsite Sewage Management System (OSMS) fees
  • Section 68 fees
  • Section 7.12 levy for increased demand on community infrastructure

Based on a property value of $250,000, these fees would add up to $6,495 for each property. If all 60 homes were rebuilt at an average value of $250,000, the above fees would total $389,700.

Council is inviting comment on the proposal for a period of 30 days from 24 December 2019 until 22 January 2020.

Any person may make a written submission during the exhibition period, by one of the following methods:

Email to

Fill out a Make a Submission form on this website here.

By post—Locked Bag 10 CASINO NSW 2470

By delivery to a Council Administration Centre—Casino or Evans Head.

Where submissions are by way of objection the reasons for objecting must be explained.

Further information is available from Council on (02) 66600300.

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