The Council has four development contributions rebate schemes to promote development that benefits the wider community.

The rebates available are for residential and commercial developments in the central city, for smaller residential developments and for social housing developments.

Central city residential rebate

This rebate scheme seeks to encourage developers to build more homes within the Four Avenues. 

The Council wants to intensify residential activity in the central city, which will help promote a vibrant, prosperous city centre. As part of the Development Contributions Rebate Policy [PDF, 9.3 KB], developers will be expected to meet or exceed good design standards in their projects. 

Your development may be eligible for the rebate if it meets all the criteria in the policy table in the Central City Development Contributions Rebate Criteria [PDF, 12 KB].

You do not need to apply for a rebate. The Council will advise you if your development qualifies for a rebate. if you believe your development qualifies for a rebate and you haven't been advised of this please contact the Council's development contributions team and have them check for you. 

All the rebates have time limits and funding limits. You should check the rebate scheme criteria for information on this. 

Central city non-residential rebate

This rebate scheme seeks to encourage commercial building development in the Central City Business Zone. 

The Council wants to promote the regeneration of the commercial heart of the City map [PDF, 1.7 MB], which will have wider social and economic benefits for the whole city. 

Your development may be eligible for the rebate if it meets all the criteria in the policy table in the Central City Non-residential Development Contributions Rebate Criteria [PDF, 11 KB].

Small residential unit rebate

This rebate scheme seeks to support the development of small stand-alone residential units throughout the Christchurch City district. 

Under the Council's development contributions policy residential units smaller than 100m2 receive and adjustment to the development contributions required which extends down to 60m2 units. This rebate adds to the reduction in development contributions required for developments less than 60m2.

Your development may be eligible for the rebate if it meets the criteria in the policy table in the Small Residential Units Development Contributions Rebate Criteria [PDF, 268 KB].

Social housing rebate

This rebate seeks to support the development of new social housing by qualifying community trust organisations.

The Council is looking to increase social housing provision and in particular to encourage community development of social housing that meets the needs of specific sectors of the community.

The rebate is for 100 percent of development contributions required for qualifying developments.

The rebate needs to be applied for and the applicant will need to provide evidence of it meeting the criteria of the scheme.

Scheme criteria [PDF, 205 KB]