Community Title Scheme Billing & Sub-metering

Decisions regarding the billing of lots for water consumed within a Community Title Scheme, including the Common Property is defined in Council's "Community Title Scheme Billing and Sub-metering" policy. The objective of this policy is to define the billing arrangements and sub-metering arrangements for individual units/lots within new and existing Community Title Schemes.

Sub-metering

Sub-metering is compulsory for all new residential multi-unit developments and some non-residential premises, this change was effective from 1 January 2008.  Sub-metering allows for equity of water charges for residents in multi-unit developments. It also encourages efficient use of water by increasing individual accountability for water consumption.

It is not mandatory to retro-fit sub-meters to existing multi-unit complexes. The body corporate can however, elect to do so at its own cost.

What is sub-metering?

Sub-meters are individual water meters attached to lots in a Community Title Scheme development. The term also differentiates sub-meters from the master meters, which measure the supply of water to a complex as a whole. A sub-metering system provides opportunities for individual units to track and pay for the water they use individually. This is in contrast to Community Title Schemes which were developed prior to 1 January 2008, which currently have one master meter with the overall bill divided between the respective units or lots, usually according to lot entitlement.

Community Title Scheme Billing

The policy identifies consumption billing for the following scenarios:

  1. Community Title Schemes that lodged an application for plumbing and drainage for a new development after 1 January 2008.
  2. Community Title Schemes that lodged an application for plumbing and drainage for a new development before 1 January 2008.

The information below provides an outline of the schemes, however further detailed information is available within the policy which is available under related information at the bottom of this page.

After 1 January 2008

For Community Title Schemes where the plumbing assessment application was lodged post 1 January 2008, Council will provide individual accounts to each owner within a Community Title Scheme based on consumption measured by sub-meter where:

  • Sub-meters are installed; and
  • the sub-meters are owned by Council; and
  • the sub-meters are located so they are easy to read and maintain in accordance with Part 4 of the Queensland Plumbing and Wastewater Code

Before 1 January 2008

For Community Title Schemes where the plumbing assessment application was lodged prior to 1 January 2008, where sub-meters are not installed or are installed but not owned by Council, Council will:
a)  Provide individual accounts to each owner as a customer for a share of the total amount payable for water consumed by the Scheme Land as measured by the master water meter, based on the contribution schedule lot entitlement for the lot;

Alternatively, Council will consider:
b) Upon request from the Body Corporate, entering into an agreement with the Body Corporate where all water consumed, as measured by the master meter, shall be levied to the Body Corporate only. Council will not read sub-meters under this option.  There is criteria that needs to be met for this option as outlined in the policy.

c) Upon request from the Body Corporate, entering into an agreement with the Body Corporate where Council will provide individual accounts to each lot owner within a CTS based on consumption measured by the sub-meter.  There is criteria that needs to be met for this option as outlined in the policy.

Related information