Development Applications

Council updates the Development Application process 
Georges River Council will soon join the Online Concurrence and Referral Service offered through the NSW Planning Portal, which will include 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. Further information on these changes can be viewed on the Planning Portal

Electronic Lodgement of Development Applications

From 1 May 2017 when lodging a Development Application with Georges River Council customers will be required to provide all documentation in digital PDF form on USB for upload to Council’s electronic document management system.

This change to lodgement requirements is part of Council’s ongoing commitment to reducing red tape and will relate to all plans, specifications and supporting documentation for development applications, Section 96 modifications and Reviews of Determination.

At the end of the process, when a decision is made, the customer will receive their Notice of Determination and the electronically stamped plans via an email.

Further information is available on the Electronic Lodgement of Development Application Fact Sheet which should be read in conjunction with the information contained in the Development Application Form.


Development Applications

If your proposed building work is not a complying development, you will need to complete and submit a Development Application Form.

Before submitting your application, we recommend reviewing our Application Guide and reviewing our Development Application Form.

For more information or advice on Development Applications, please contact us.

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