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The SSD process

Amend DA

Changing what the applicant is seeking approval for

Amending an SSD application after it has been lodged

With the approval of the consent authority, the applicant of a development application (DA) for State significant development may amend what it is seeking consent for at any time before the DA is determined.

These amendments may be necessary to:

  • improve the design of the project
  • respond to issues raised in submissions 
  • further mitigate the impacts of the project.

The applicant is required to submit an amendment report with the application to amend the DA. 

Preparing an amendment report

The purpose of the amendment report is to outline the changes to the project and help the community, government agencies and the consent authority to understand the implications of these changes.

The applicant must have regard to the State Significant Development Guidelines- Preparing an Amendment Report (Appendix D) when preparing the report.

Once complete, the applicant must submit the application and amendment report online via the NSW planning portal.

What happens after the amendment report has been submitted?

The department will publish the amended DA and amendment report on the NSW planning portal. 

The department will consider if there is a material environmental impact beyond the impacts expected by the initially proposed project in determining whether the amendment report will be publicly exhibited.

If the amendment report is exhibited, the department will publish all submissions online and ask the applicant to prepare a submissions report.