The Council's Development Contributions Rebate Policy provides for development contributions rebates for certain types of development.

There are currently four development contributions rebate schemes operating to promote development that benefits the wider community:

  • Residential development in the central city
  • Commercial development in the central city
  • Smaller residential development
  • Social housing development

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.  

The rebate is for 100% of the development contributions that would otherwise apply.

Your development will be eligible for the rebate if it meets 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. 


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. 

The rebate is for 100% of the development contributions that would otherwise apply.

Your development may be eligible for the rebate if it meets 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 and is particularly aimed at family flat developments. 

Under the Council's Development Contributions Policy residential units with a gross floor area less than 100m2 receive an adjustment to the development contributions required. This rebate provides a further reduction in development contributions required for developments with a gross floor area less than 60m2.

Your development may be eligible for the rebate if it meets the Small Residential Units Development Contributions Rebate Criteria [PDF, 134 KB].


Social housing rebate

This rebate supports the development of new social housing by qualifying community trust organisations. The Council is looking to support further community development of social housing that meets the needs of specific sectors of the community.

The rebate is for 100% 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]