Water and Sewerage Capital Contributions Code

The Water and Sewerage Capital Contribution Code formalises arrangements for contributions that developers pay towards future water and sewerage infrastructure upgrades that will be necessitated by urban redevelopment and increased housing density in established suburbs (within precinct).  

The Code ensures equity  in the way costs are recovered when a development triggers a water or sewerage asset augmentation, rather than a single  developer triggering an upgrade for Class 2 assets, and being required to pay the full cost of new water and sewerage infrastructure as a “last man standing” rule. 

Capital contributions for developments within precinct (orange coloured areas on the precinct map) ensure that developers pay a share of the infrastructure costs necessary to accommodate population growth in established suburbs. This achieves two things: first, it ensures that existing customers are not disadvantaged (with higher costs or reduced amenity) by the connection of additional customers to the network; and second, it provides a price signal to prospective developers that is broadly reflective of the infrastructure costs associated with urban infill developments across the Territory. 
The current precinct charge for financial year 2020-21 is $1,100 per net increase in Equivalent Population (EP) that is within precinct. This charge is reviewed yearly and not applicable if there is no increase in EP or if the transition period applies as defined below.  

The precinct charge that applies to a development is based on the lodgment date of the Development Application (DA). Applications lodged on or after 1 July 2020 will be calculated using the 2020-21 precinct charge of $1,100 per net increase in EP. Applications lodged prior to 1 July 2020 will be calculated using the precinct charge that was in place at the time of DA lodgment ($1,200 per net increase in EP).


  • How is the charge calculated?

    The charge applies to all developments that are located in precinct and increase the Equivalent Population (EP) on site. Refer to the Icon Water Precinct Map to determine if your development is within the highlighted precinct areas. The below calculator demonstrates how the charge is calculated.

    Are you in the highlighted precinct map area?

    Use the calculator to estimate the charge


    Please note: Additional charges for smaller water and sewerage assets still apply as per the Icon Water Miscellaneous Fees and Charges.

  • What do I need to do?

    1.When you submit an External Services Plan for In-Principle acceptance, we will identify whether your development falls into the scheme, and will write you a letter to confirm.

    2.When submitting your External Services Plan for Detail Design, we will verify the charge and write to you with an estimate of existing and new EP and your estimated charge.

    3.Let us know 90 days before your development is completed or requires connection to our network on 02 6248 3111 (option 3) or email wscc@iconwater.com.au. We will then send you an invoice for the WSCC charge, which needs to be paid before we can connect you to the water and sewerage networks.

  • Where do I get more information?

    See the FAQs Capital Contributions Code for all the information about how it works. Otherwise, talk to us on 02 6248 3111 (option 3) or email HydraulicAssetAcceptance@iconwater.com.au.