Under consideration

Note: Submissions have now closed for this exhibition.

Have your say on online development applications for homes and businesses

We would like to thank you for your feedback on changes that will allow people to lodge development applications for homes or businesses online.

Proposed changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 (the Regulation) will support online lodgement of development applications by introducing consistent documents and technical requirements across NSW. These changes will help to make it faster and easier to get the approvals you need, and also make it easier to find planning information.

Currently, there are many variations in requirements for development applications, which can cause delays in preparing and determining applications. The Regulation seeks to make it easier by standardising online submission and lodgement.

Online lodgement through the Planning Portal will dramatically reduce the time and resources spent on producing and reviewing hard copy documents, making it faster and easier for NSW residents to lodge and track applications. It will also make planning information more accessible.

Proposed changes include:

  • standardising the documents required to lodge applications for development
  • replacing written consent with legally enforced declarations by applicants that they have permission from land owners to submit a development application
  • introducing new requirements for making and exhibiting Development Control Plans and Contribution Plans (financial contributions from developers towards infrastructure costs).

To ensure consistency, the Secretary’s Requirements for the Lodgement of Applications for Development provides a clear list of documents and technical requirements for different application types. This will replace requirements contained in Schedule 1 of the Regulation.

Details of the proposals can be found in the resources section below. 


Attachments and Resources

Draft Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (ePlanning) Regulation 2017

Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (ePlanning) Regulation 2017 discussion paper

Secretary's Requirements for the submission and lodgement of applications for development

Frequently Asked Questions - Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions - Community

Frequently Asked Questions - Councils

Frequently Asked Questions - Private Certifiers

Frequently Asked Questions - State Agencies



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Key dates and other information
Exhibition commenced 15/02/2017
Exhibition concluded 15/03/2017
Exhibition location NSW Planning Portal - www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au
Relevant legislation Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
Exhibiting agency or agencies NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Type Policies
Local government area State wide


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