State Significant Development or Infrastructure

State significant development or infrastructure applications are lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment and determined by the Minister, the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) or senior departmental staff operating under delegated authority from the Minister. Applications are normally exhibited and submissions are invited from interested parties.

Regional Development

If your development proposal is of regional significance your application, once lodged with your Council, will be assessed by council professional staff and then determined by the relevant regional panel. Council staff will lodge the development application through the Joint Regional Planning Panel development and planning register.

Local Development

The majority of development applications in NSW are for local development which must be lodged with your Council. Applications are normally exhibited and submissions are invited from interested parties. The council makes a decision on development applications when all relevant policies and considerations have been taken into account.

Complying Development

Providing the application meets specific criteria it can be determined by a Council or accredited certifier without the need for a full development application. This is a fast track approval process for straightforward residential, commercial and industrial development.

Options for submitting a complying development application: