How is a development application assessed
Council or the consent authority must consider a number of statutory matters when assessing your application. These are outlined in section 4.15 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and include:
- the provision of any environmental planning instrument ie. state environmental plans, regional environmental plans, and local environmental plans
- the provision of any draft environmental planning instrument (that is or has been placed on public exhibition)
- any development control plans
- the likely impacts of the development (including environmental impacts on both the natural and built environments, and social and economic impacts in the locality)
- the suitability of the site for the development
- any submissions made
- the public interest
Council or the consent authority may then grant development consent, usually subject to a number of conditions, or may refuse your application.
How long does it take to assess a development application
Council's Application Tracking service allows you to follow the progress of your complying development, construction certificate, or development application online from lodgement to determination. The tracking service provides estimated timeframes for each task.
Amending an application prior to determination
In accordance with Clause 55 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (The Regulation) a development application may be amended or varied by the applicant at any time before the application is determined. If an amendment or variation results in changes to the development, details of the amendments must be provided.
It the development application is integrated development or development which requires the concurrence of an authority, Council must forward a copy of the amended application to the approval or concurrence authority.
Please note, in accordance with The Regulation, applications can only be varied or amended with the agreement of Council.
Page last updated: 21 November 2018