Application Process

The planning and development assessment system under the Planning Act 2016 sets out a standard process to ensure development applications are assessed and decided consistently and transparently, in accordance with community expectations as set out in the local planning scheme. Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning provides a fact sheet,  to help understand the development assessment process. 

There are five key parts of the formal development assessment process:

Pre-lodgement (voluntary but advisable)

While pre-lodgement is not part of the formal development assessment process, contacting the assessment manager (and any referral agencies that may be involved) before lodging an application is always a good idea. This will identify any potential issues or additional information requirements that can help the application track through the system smoothly.

The state government, through the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA), offers a free pre-lodgement service. Livingstone Shire Council offers a free pre-lodgement service as they are committed to providing quality service to their customers.  

Step 1 - Application

Refer to the following resources for more information to help you with lodging your development application. 
Refer to Development application - Lodgement - Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Step 2 - Referral

Refer to Development assessment process - Referrals - Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Step 3 - Information Request

Visit Development assessment process - Information Request - Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Step 4 - Public Notification

Visit Development assessment process - Public notification - Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.

Step 5  - Decision

Visit Development assessment process - Decision - Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning.