Fees and charges

Council charges and recovers approved fees for any services it provides — all fees are outlined in our schedule of fees and charges. This is in accordance with section 608 of the Local Government Act 1993 and other applicable legislation.

Council's fees and charges are reviewed each year before we finalise our Annual Budget. From time to time, other state agencies may alter statutory fees and these will be automatically updated on this website.

Fees and charges 2023 to 2024

Search our online portal for the latest fees and charges.

You can also view our fees by the following categories:

Administration Services (PDF 4.2 MB)

  • Administration Fees
  • Advertising Spaces
  • Contractor Management
  • Events Management
  • Financial Management
  • Government Information Public Access
  • Applications
  • Legal Services
  • Licences - Commercial Operator's Licence - Water/Land Activities
  • Liquor Licences
  • Property Licences
  • Memberships
  • Parking - parking meters
  • Payments Management
  • Production Services
  • Property Administration
  • Property Services
  • Publications
  • Spatial Services
  • Port Stephens Council Internal Staff Catering

Community Services (PDF 4.7 MB)

  • Administration Building - Hire of rooms
  • Cemetery Operations
  • Children's Services
  • Disability Services
  • Helicopter Landing Sites
  • Library Services
  • Halls & Community Centres (PDF 4.2 MB)
  • Sailing and Acquatic Club
  • Recreation Services Administration
  • Waste Management Services
  • Wharves/Foreshores/Boat Ramps
  • Visitor Information Centre

Development Services (PDF 4.3 MB)

  • Services and Administration
    • Pre-lodgement meetings
    • Written advice
    • Consultation Services
    • Registrations
  • Rezoning and Reclassification
    • Planning proposals
  • Applications (including DAs, CCs, CDCs and S.58)
  • Certification
  • Other Certificates
    • Building certificate fees
  • Swimming Pools
  • Fire Safety
  • Caravan parks, manufactured homes and moveable dwellings (S68)
  • Compliance

Engineering & Works (PDF 4.1 MB)

  • Drainage and Flooding
  • Drainage Management (Section 68 of Local Government Act 1993)
  • Kerb and Guttering
  • Private Utility Installation
  • Restorations
  • Roads Management (Section 138 of Roads Act 1993)
  • Permits
  • Road Closures
  • Rural Address Post
  • Traffic
  • Survey and Land Services
  • Workshop

Environmental & Health Services (PDF 4 MB)

  • Animal Management
  • Impounding
  • Mortuaries
  • On Site Sewage Management Systems
  • Public Safety
    • Food Safety
    • Other inspections
  • Regulated Systems
  • Graffiti Management

Environmental Services (PDF 3.9 MB)

  • Biosecurity weed matter
  • Onsite Weed Control
  • Tree Management

Recreation & Leisure Services (PDF 4.3 MB)

  • Aquatic Centres — Lakeside Leisure Centre
  • Aquatic Centres — Tilligerry Aquatic Centre
  • Aquatic Centres — Tomaree Aquatic Centre
  • Sports Councils — Membership Fees and Arrangements
  • Sports Councils — Facilities Categories/Hire