Draft Pricing Policy: Principles and Basis

This consultation has concluded.

We are seeking submissions on the proposed Draft Pricing Policy: Principles and Basis.

We are seeking submissions on the proposed Draft Pricing Policy: Principles and Basis.

This consultation has concluded.
  • Policy Adopted by Council

    3 months ago

    At the Council meeting on 28th March 2017 the Draft Pricing Policy:Principles and Basis the Administrator resolved that Council:

    A. Revoke the pricing policies of the former Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Councils.

    B. Adopt the Pricing Policy: Principles and Basis.

    View the Council Minutes

    View the Pricing Policy

    At the Council meeting on 28th March 2017 the Draft Pricing Policy:Principles and Basis the Administrator resolved that Council:

    A. Revoke the pricing policies of the former Manly, Warringah and Pittwater Councils.

    B. Adopt the Pricing Policy: Principles and Basis.

    View the Council Minutes

    View the Pricing Policy

  • Exhibition period extended

    4 months ago

    The time for comments on the Draft Pricing Policy has been extended until 26 February 2017.

    The time for comments on the Draft Pricing Policy has been extended until 26 February 2017.

  • How to be Involved

    7 months ago

    The amalgamation to form the Northern Beaches Council has created a need to have a consistent pricing policy for the many services that Council provides.

    The Local Government Act 1993 regulates the principles that must be applied when determining fees and charges. Further guidance is provided by the Pricing and Costing for Council Business, A Guide to Competitive Neutrality, Department of Local Government, 1997.

    At the Council meeting of 13 December it was resolved that:

    1. The draft Pricing Policy: Principles and Basis would be placed on public exhibition for a period of 42 days.
    2. The draft Pricing Policy: Principles and Basis and submissions received be brought back to
      Council for consideration and adoption.

    Make a submission on the policy:

    • Online
    • In writing marked: ‘Pricing Policy : Principles and Basis (Draft)' to Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099.

    Adoption of a pricing policy is critical to integrating the services of the previous three Council’s and is the first step in harmonising Council’s fees and charges.

    View the Policy

    Submissions closed 12 February 2017

    *The exhibition period has been extended due to the Christmas holiday period.

    For more information, contact Northern Beaches Council on 9942 2111 or email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

    The amalgamation to form the Northern Beaches Council has created a need to have a consistent pricing policy for the many services that Council provides.

    The Local Government Act 1993 regulates the principles that must be applied when determining fees and charges. Further guidance is provided by the Pricing and Costing for Council Business, A Guide to Competitive Neutrality, Department of Local Government, 1997.

    At the Council meeting of 13 December it was resolved that:

    1. The draft Pricing Policy: Principles and Basis would be placed on public exhibition for a period of 42 days.
    2. The draft Pricing Policy: Principles and Basis and submissions received be brought back to
      Council for consideration and adoption.

    Make a submission on the policy:

    • Online
    • In writing marked: ‘Pricing Policy : Principles and Basis (Draft)' to Northern Beaches Council, Civic Centre, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099.

    Adoption of a pricing policy is critical to integrating the services of the previous three Council’s and is the first step in harmonising Council’s fees and charges.

    View the Policy

    Submissions closed 12 February 2017

    *The exhibition period has been extended due to the Christmas holiday period.

    For more information, contact Northern Beaches Council on 9942 2111 or email council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

  • Background

    7 months ago

    Under Section 608 of the Local Government Act 1993, the services for which an approved fee may be charged by Council include the following:

    • Supplying a service, product or commodity
    • Giving information
    • Providing a service in connection with the exercise of the council’s regulatory functions including receiving an application for approval, granting an approval, making an inspection and issuing a certificate
    • Allowing admission to any building or enclosure

    It is important to have guiding principles to determine a pricing basis, allowing attainment of a consistent pricing application across all Council services. The former Councils each had policies or methodologies for pricing and a single approach is now required.

    The purpose of a pricing policy is to explain the rationale behind each fee and charge set out in a council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges and to show the basis by which each fee or charge is determined and the level of cost recovery applied.


    Under Section 608 of the Local Government Act 1993, the services for which an approved fee may be charged by Council include the following:

    • Supplying a service, product or commodity
    • Giving information
    • Providing a service in connection with the exercise of the council’s regulatory functions including receiving an application for approval, granting an approval, making an inspection and issuing a certificate
    • Allowing admission to any building or enclosure

    It is important to have guiding principles to determine a pricing basis, allowing attainment of a consistent pricing application across all Council services. The former Councils each had policies or methodologies for pricing and a single approach is now required.

    The purpose of a pricing policy is to explain the rationale behind each fee and charge set out in a council’s Schedule of Fees and Charges and to show the basis by which each fee or charge is determined and the level of cost recovery applied.