If you believe your development contributions assessment has not been undertaken correctly or that the Council has required a development contribution wrongly there are formal reconsideration and objection processes you can enter into.
The process to apply for a reconsideration of a development contribution assessment is set out in detail in the Council's Development Contributions Policy.
Section 199A of the Local Government Act 2002 provides that a request for reconsideration may only be made on the following grounds:
A reconsideration may be requested using a Request for reconsideration of development contributions (P-041) [PDF, 57 KB] form.
A reconsideration request must be made within 10 working days of receiving notice from the Council of the assessed development contribution required.
You can request a reconsideration by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by post to Development Contributions Team, PO Box 73014, Christchurch 8154.
If the Council believes further information is required from the applicant before it can make a decision, it will send a further information request in writing to the applicant as soon as possible after the reconsideration request is received.
A reconsideration request will not be accepted by Council if it is received after the 10-day period referred to above, or if an objection has been lodged under section 199C of the Local Government Act 2002. The applicant will receive written notice if the request for reconsideration cannot be made for one of these reasons.
The Council reserves the right to reconsider an assessment if it believes an error has been made.
Further information on development contributions reconsiderations can be found on the Department of Internal Affairs website(external link).
A formal objection process is available under which a person required to pay development contributions can object to the assessed amount of the development contribution.
Objections are decided by development contributions commissioners appointed by the Council from a register of commissioners.
Under section 199D of the Local Government Act 2002 an objection can only be made on the grounds that the Council:
Objections are lodged with the Council which is then responsible for administering the objection process and selecting and supporting the development contributions commissioner(s) who will consider and make a decision on the objection.
An objection may be lodged using this form Objection to assessment of development contributions [PDF, 54 KB] (P-042).
An objection must be lodged:
The Council has the ability to recover costs incurred by it from the objector, including the costs of:
Further information can be found on the Department of Internal Affairs website(external link).