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Planning Approval Pathways

Integrated Development

Council will refer the application to the necessary agency so that there is an integrated assessment of the proposal.


Certain development applications require approval (such as a permit or license) from a NSW Government agency (also called an approval body) before a determination can be made by the local council (the consent authority). These are called integrated development. Council will refer the development application to the necessary approval body so that there is an integrated assessment of the proposal.

Approval will need to be obtained from the approval body, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency, before development consent can be granted. Integrated development applications require an approval listed in Section 4.46 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). Examples of this include an aquaculture permit, mining lease, pollution licence, Aboriginal heritage impact permit.

The consent authority (council) must refer the development application to the relevant approval body and incorporate their general terms of approval. It must not approve the development application if the approval body recommends refusal. The council may determine the development application without the advice from the relevant approval body if advice is not received within:

  • 40 days of the application being forwarded to the approval body (if the DA is not advertised) or;
  • 21 days (if the DA is advertised) from when the public submissions are forwarded to the approval body (or another timeframe if additional information has been requested).

The Secretary now has power to act in place of an approval body under s4.47(4A) of the EP&A Act to prevent delays in the assessment of a development application in certain circumstances, as outlined in clause 70AA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000.

The Department of Planning Industry and Environment has developed an online service to facilitate State agency consultation on development applications. The new service will help reduce assessment times and make it easier for applicants to pay fees online and track the consultation process.

It supports broader reforms that make the development application process more efficient and allows the Secretary to step in to resolve delays. This service is expected to save applicants up to 11 days compared to current assessment times.

The online service is part of a digital-first planning environment that simplifies and fast tracks the approval process for development applications.

Who can use the online Concurrence and Referral service?

The following councils are currently using the service 

  • Albury City Council
  • Armidale Regional Council
  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Balranald Shire Council
  • Bathurst Regional Council
  • Bayside Council
  • Bega Valley Shire Council
  • Bellingen Shire Council
  • Berrigan Shire Council
  • Blacktown City Council
  • Bland Shire Council
  • Blayney Shire Council
  • Blue Mountains City Council
  • Bogan Shire Council
  • Bourke Shire Council
  • Brewarrina Shire Council
  • Broken Hill City Council
  • Burwood Council
  • Byron Shire Council
  • Cabonne Shire Council
  • Camden Council
  • Campbelltown City Council
  • Canterbury-Bankstown Council
  • Carrathool Shire Council
  • Central Coast Council
  • Central Darling Shire Council
  • Cessnock City Council
  • City Of Canada Bay Council
  • City Of Parramatta Council
  • Clarence Valley Council
  • Cobar Shire Council
  • Coffs Harbour City Council
  • Coolamon Shire Council
  • Coonamble Shire Council
  • Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council
  • Council Of The City Of Sydney
  • Cowra Shire Council
  • Cumberland Council
  • Dubbo Regional Council
  • Dungog Shire Council
  • Edward River Council
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council
  • Fairfield City Council
  • Federation Council
  • Forbes Shire Council
  • Georges River Council
  • Gilgandra Shire Council
  • Glen Innes Severn Shire Council
  • Goulburn Mulwaree Council
  • Greater Hume Shire Council
  • Griffith City Council
  • Gunnedah Shire Council
  • Gwydir Shire Council
  • Hawkesbury City Council
  • Hay Shire Council
  • Hilltops Council
  • Inner West Council
  • Inverell Shire Council
  • Junee Shire Council
  • Kempsey Shire Council
  • Ku-ring-gai Council
  • Kyogle Council
  • Lachlan Shire Council
  • Lake Macquarie City Council
  • Lane Cove Municipal Council
  • Leeton Shire Council
  • Lismore City Council
  • Lithgow City Council
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Liverpool Plains Shire Council
  • Lockhart Shire Council
  • Maitland City Council
  • Mid-coast Council
  • Mid-western Regional Council
  • Moree Plains Shire Council
  • Mosman Municipal Council
  • Murray River Council
  • Murrumbidgee Council
  • Muswellbrook Shire Council
  • Nambucca Shire Council
  • Narrabri Shire Council
  • Narrandera Shire Council
  • Narromine Shire Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • North Sydney Council
  • Northern Beaches Council
  • Oberon Council
  • Orange City Council
  • Parkes Shire Council
  • Penrith City Council
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
  • Port Stephens Council
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
  • Randwick City Council
  • Richmond Valley Council
  • Ryde City Council
  • Shellharbour City Council
  • Shoalhaven City Council
  • Singleton Council
  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  • Snowy Valleys Council
  • Strathfield Municipal Council
  • Sutherland Shire Council
  • Tamworth Regional Council
  • Temora Shire Council
  • Tenterfield Shire Council
  • The Council Of The Municipality Of Hunters Hill
  • The Council Of The Municipality Of Kiama
  • The Council Of The Shire Of Hornsby
  • The Hills Shire Council
  • Tweed Shire Council
  • Upper Hunter Shire Council
  • Upper Lachlan Shire Council
  • Uralla Shire Council
  • Wagga Wagga City Council
  • Walcha Council
  • Walgett Shire Council
  • Warren Shire Council
  • Warrumbungle Shire Council
  • Waverley Council
  • Weddin Shire Council
  • Wentworth Shire Council
  • Willoughby City Council
  • Wingecarribee Shire Council
  • Wollondilly Shire Council
  • Wollongong City Council
  • Woollahra Municipal Council
  • Yass Valley Council
View the Secretary orders for 2019

State agencies using the system have their own dashboard, so they can receive and action requests online. Legislated time frames have been built into the system, so all stakeholders will be prompted to ensure an efficient turnaround of applications.

Applicants requesting an approval for a DA in the local government areas using the service will need to register to the NSW Planning Portal to create their own account. Registered applicants have access to their own dashboard, which enables them to pay any relevant fees online and to track the progress of the concurrence and referral request in real time.

How to access the Online concurrence and referral service

  1. Register for, or log into, your NSW Planning Portal account
  2. Upon successful login, select the relevant application from your dashboard.
  3. You are able to view, track or make payments online to state agencies related to your development application from this location.

More information

If you need assistance using the online concurrence and referral service, please view our relevant guides or contact ServiceNSW on 1300 305 695 for additional support.

Councils will now be able to request for Secretary’s Intervention on a Concurrence and Referral case.

For more information, please contact the ePlanning team at [email protected]