City West affordable housing

Ultimo and Pyrmont

As part of the long-term strategy to redevelop the Ultimo/Pyrmont area, the Sydney Regional Environmental Plan No. 26 City West set out the planning principles for affordable housing that enabled contributions from the private sector towards affordable housing in the area.

The affordable housing contribution provisions are now covered in the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012, which should be read in conjunction with:

The Ultimo/Pyrmont scheme aims to provide about 600 rental units for very low to moderate income households as development continues in the area over the next 15 to 20 years.

Affordable housing contributions form a condition of development consent.

City West Housing is currently the recommended affordable housing provider for Ultimo/Pyrmont.

Contribution rates and indexation

Affordable housing may be provided in-kind or instead as a monetary contribution. The contribution total is calculated on the basis of the total floor area that would otherwise be required to be dedicated for affordable housing. The total amount is calculated as follows:

  • residential uses: 0.8% of the total floor area
  • non-residential uses: 1.1% of the total floor area.

Total floor area is defined in the Sydney Local Environmental Plan 2012. Monetary contributions are indexed yearly on 1 July, based on the revised city west affordable housing program.

The affordable housing contribution rates effective from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 are:

  • residential uses: $31.78 per square metre of the total residential floor area
  • non-residential uses: $45.66 per square metre of the total non-residential floor area.

Rates are owned and provided by City West Housing, but are provided here for reference. 

You can access more information from City West Housing

Contribution payment

To make a payment you must first contact the City of Sydney to obtain written confirmation of the amount payable and further details about making the payment.

All affordable housing contribution payments and bank guarantees for Ultimo/Pyrmont are paid to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. All cheques should be made payable to City West Housing Pty Ltd.


To obtain written confirmation from the City of the amount payable, please contact:

Planning Assessment Unit
02 9265 9363

All other payment enquiries should be directed to:

Affordable Housing Team
NSW Department of Planning and Environment
02 9228 6333

Last updated: Monday, 1 July 2019