Making a submission about an application
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.
Find out more about how to have your say on a development proposal.
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:
- The submission must be in writing and, unless provided electronically, be signed by each person making the submission
- be received by Council during the public notification period for that application (on or before the last day)
- include the full name and full residential or business street address of each person making the submission
- state the reasons for the submission (e.g. the grounds for your support or objection, facts about the proposed development and any relevant circumstances)
- include a postal or email address for each person making the submission.
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.