To help applicants and Short Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) registrants to use the NSW Planning Portal we have compiled a comprehensive collection of resources.
We have prepared a series of quick reference guides to help first-time users and those wishing to gain access to the NSW Planning Portal.
Before you begin
If you do not have a NSW Planning Portal account, or are having problems registering, then this video and quick reference guide will help you through the process.
If you already have a NSW Planning Portal account but need help to navigate the dashboard, then the following video and guide will provide the assistance you need.
Additional information may be requested by council prior to your application being lodged or at any time during the assessment process. This guide will show you how to provide additional information.
Frequently asked questions about using the NSW Planning Portal are answered on our FAQ page.
Our Applicant services
Organised by service type or topic, these quick reference guides (QRGs), fact sheets and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) should provide suitable guidance for all applicants and Short Term Rental Accommodation (STRA) registrants.
In council areas where the online 10.7 Planning Certificate Service is available, applicants and councils can work together on requests for 10.7 Planning Certificates through shared digital dashboards.
Building Information Certificate (BIC)
A Building Information Certificate application is to include an original or certified copy of a survey report and plan if it is related to residential zoned land. For land situated in other zones, you may be required to provide a survey report. The survey report and plan must represent the property and buildings as existing at the time of lodging the application. Additional information may also need to be provided (including building plans, specifications and certificates) to allow Council to assess the application.
Complying Development Certificates (CDC)
It’s always best to check with your individual council before you begin a Complying Development certificate application for its requirements.
Concurrence and Referrals
This online service is part of a digital-first planning environment that simplifies and fast tracks the approval process for development applications.
In many council areas, you can apply online for a Construction Certificate via the NSW Planning Portal when lodging a development application. Here are some useful resources to help you through the process.
Development Applications (DAs)
A development application is one of the most frequently used services by applicants on the NSW Planning Portal. Here are some useful quick reference guides (QRG) and resources to help you with your application.
Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR)
The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) requires landholders on waterfront land to apply for a Controlled Activity Approval (CAA) for their works before they start. Approvals usually contain conditions to minimise the impact of the activity or works on the waterway and adjoining land.
By requiring landholders to get a CAA before carrying out works on waterfront land, NRAR prevents activities that could alter water flow or quality, destabilise beds or banks of waterways, cause erosion, or disturb wildlife habitats.
Most controlled activities also need development approval from your local council. If this is the case, you will need to lodge what is known as an Integrated Development Assessment System Development Application (IDAS DA).
The following guides will help you with completing NRAR-related applications on the NSW Planning Portal.
Occupation Certificates (OCs)
The issue of the final OC is the last step in the formal DA and construction process (though there could be ongoing ‘operational’ conditions such as maintaining appropriate noise levels or landscape maintenance).
A planning proposal document can be prepared by a council, a landowner or developer seeking to change the planning controls relating to a particular site, area, locality or local government area, or by a third party on behalf of a landowner or council.
You can apply for a principal certifier appointment via the NSW Planning Portal using two different methods. Applicants can apply via a stand-alone application (consent application is outside of the Portal) or via an online development (DA) or online complying development certificate (CDC) application.
Publish on Portal
Upload Land and Environment Court documentation to the NSW Planning Portal
Roads Act (Sections 125, 138 and 144)
In some council areas, it’s possible to submit an application under section 68 of the Local Government Act 1993 online.
Short-Term Rental Accommodation (STRA)
The STRA framework allows registrants to register their property and make their registration fee payment via the NSW Planning Portal. Registrants can also manage their properties via the STRA Listings area - this includes de-registering your property, registration status and property details. Registrants can enter the bookings for their STRA properties via the STRA Listings area.
The ePlanning Spatial Viewer is an enhanced digital mapping service that provides easy-to-use, information-rich maps for every address and lot in NSW.
Special Infrastructure Contributions (SIC)
State Design Review Panel (SDRP)
The State Design Review Panel (SDRP) is a multi-disciplinary panel of highly experienced built-environment professionals from industry and government that provides independent advice on the design quality of major development proposals in NSW. More information is available at the Government Architecht NSW website.
The SDRP Application provides a digital workflow that will enable proponents to create a new SDRP application online, provide contact and project-related information and upload submission requirements for Panel review meetings as determined by the SDRP team.
Subdivision and Subdivision Works Certificates
You can request to have a tree pruned, replaced or removed on a private property by submitting a Private Tree Permit application on the NSW Planning Portal.
In accordance with the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, applicants are required to pay a digital application processing fee for certain planning applications and certificates.
A full list of fees can be found on the NSW Planning Portal Service Fees page.
If you require assistance using the Planning Portal, and you were unable to find the answer on these pages, please contact ServiceNSW for assistance.
Call 1300 305 695 or email [email protected].