Affordable housing contributions

Some development in the City of Sydney local area may require a contribution towards the cost of providing affordable housing.

Providing affordable housing is a key focus of the City of Sydney’s long-term development strategy across the local area.

As land values increase, the cost of buying or renting homes is beyond the reach of very low to moderate-income households.

Providing affordable housing ensures people living in low to moderate-income households can continue to live and work in the city.

One of the following affordable housing contributions programs may apply depending on the location of the proposed development and the time when the development application was lodged. The map below shows where the City of Sydney may require an affordable housing contribution.

The Green Square and employment lands affordable housing programs apply to development applications lodged before 1 July 2021.

The City of Sydney affordable housing program applies to development applications lodged from 1 July 2021.

The City of Sydney affordable housing program supplements the City West affordable housing program.

An onsite contribution amount is calculated as a percentage of the total floor area of the development. Monetary contributions are indexed yearly in line with the relevant program. Refer to the links below for current contribution rates and payment requirements for each program.

Map showing areas of Sydney where the plans apply
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