Georges River Council has joined the Online Concurrence and Referral Service offered through the NSW Planning Portal, which includes a change in the process for local residents lodging Development Applications (DA). 
Council has partnered with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to adapt digital services on the NSW Planning Portal, so State agency advice can be requested and received online, replacing the current method of post.   
This means that for community members who lodge a DA from the end of September 2019 that requires State agency advice (for example, from the NSW Rural Fire Service or Roads and Maritime Services), Council will submit a request to that agency via the NSW Planning Portal.  
Customers will be notified by email to register and login to the NSW Planning Portal, where they will need to pay any relevant state agency fees online. Cheques for these fees will no longer be accepted.  
The portal will also offer local residents an easy-to-use dashboard for tracking state agency comments and advice in relation to their DA, increasing efficiency and transparency in the process.  
Georges River residents can continue to track the progress of their Development Application in its entirety using Council’s Online Application Tracking System ‘eTrack’. 
The new process is mandatory for all Councils across NSW from 1 January 2020. More information on these changes is available on the Planning Portal. For more information on Georges River Council, please visit or call Council on 9330 6400.   

The built environment provides our community with a sense of identity and contributes to the character of the area. We are responsible for designing and implementing the policies and guidelines which ensure the local area is well designed, sustainable and meets the needs of current and future residents.

Our local built environment includes residential buildings, town centres, commercial and industrial buildings and public spaces.

Within this section, you will find everything you need to know about planning and development, as well as advice and support on how we can help you with your development project.

At this time, while Council's Development Assessment and Building Certification Staff are not available to meet in person, Council is still undertaking assessment and determination of development and other applications and responding to general planning enquiries via phone or email.  You may want to email your questions to the Development and Building Team  via

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