Buying land and building a home can be daunting, even for those who have done it in the past. We will make it easier to grasp the building and construction language by providing a simple explanation of some of the terms you may come across in the near future!

The Community Infrastructure Levy (or CIL) is a financial contribution paid by the property owner to new infrastructure in growth area developments, such as Thornhill Park, and imposed by the Council. Each new development or suburb is unique in their needs, so levies will differ from precinct to precinct. For example, new infrastructure could be a sporting facility or a public library.

A CIL usually funds infrastructure required later in the development of a new community by its occupants, and is therefore the responsibility of the property owner to pay the levy.

Payment of the levy is set in motion by the approval of a building permit for the construction of a new house, mandated under Section 24(5) of the Building Act 1993. The amount payable varies between development areas/precincts and currently, dwellings that fall under the Melton Council boundaries are required to pay a levy of $900. This is in accordance with Section 46(L)(1) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

Questions about the Community Infrastructure Levy can be directed to Council’s Planning Services team: 03 9747 7200.

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