The Planning Act 2016 requires the public to be notified about any 'impact assessable' development applications during the assessment process.
The process of public notification allows adjoining or nearby property owners, and others, the opportunity to look at a proposed development, consider the likely impacts the proposal may have on them, and provide comment about the proposal prior to a decision being made.
The community is made aware of the opportunity to comment during this period (normally a minimum of 15 days) in accordance with the Development Assessment Rules by way of the following:
Council makes all development application material available via the Application Enquiry function on our Online Services page. From the Online Services homepage, click on the Application Enquiry image > Select Public Notification DA Planning from the drop down list then click Next > Click on relevant Application Number to obtain details of application.
Submissions for or against the proposed development can be emailed to our Development Support Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone can formally submit comments to support or oppose any of the applications listed above prior to the close date. These comments are called 'submissions' and can be made on any type of development application. However, the legal right to appeal the decision is only possible on impact assessable development applications.
In order to be a properly made submission, which allows a right of appeal in the Planning and Environment Court, submissions need to meet the following criteria:
A Letter of Submission template is available for your use to ensure your submission is properly made.
You can send your submission in the following ways:
Submissions are not confidential. State legislation requires Council to keep copies of submissions available for inspection and purchase by members of the public until such time as the application is finalised. All submissions received by Council for a development application are published on our Online Services Centre with the other documents for that application.
Anyone who has made a formal submission about an impact assessable development application will receive a copy of the decision. If you are not satisfied with the decision, you can appeal. You can learn more about dispute resolution online.