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SSD process

Determine DA

Making a final decision on the merits of a project

The Independent Planning Commission  is the consent authority for a State significant development application (DA) if any of the following apply and the applicant is not a public authority:

  • local council has objected to the DA
  • 50 or more objections have been made (petitions and submissions that contain substantially the same text count as one objection)
  • the applicant has made a reportable political donation.

The Commission operates independently of the Department and other government departments and plays an important role in building community confidence in the SSD process.

When determining a DA, the Independent Planning Commission may:

  • undertake a site inspection or tour of the local area
  • hold a public meeting
  • hold meetings with key stakeholders and publish the records of these meetings.

The Minister for Planning (or delegate) is the consent authority for all other State significant DAs.

Consent authorities must evaluate the merits of the DA against the matters in Section 4.15 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979  and may approve the DA, subject to modifications or conditions, or refuse it.

The Commission’s policies and guideline for these activities can be found here.

After the determination of the DA, the Department will:

  • publish the decision on line
  • notify everyone who made a submission of the decision
  • give public notice of the reasons for the decision and how community views were taken into account in making the decision.