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Public notification and consultation
Public notification refers to how members of the public are advised of a proposal and given the opportunity to make a comment.
There are three key ways that a development application may be notified:
Written notice involves letters being sent in the form of an email or standard mail to properties that may be affected by the proposal.
The letters will include the following information:
- A description of the land (including the address) on which the development is proposed to be carried out;
- The name of the applicant and the name of the consent authority;
- A brief description of the proposed development;
- An invitation to inspect the application;
- Details of how the application can be inspected;
- A statement that any person may make a submission to Council, in writing, about the proposal and that if there is any objection to the proposal, the reasons for the objection must be included;
- The period during which submissions can be made (notification period) Note: the notification end date will be clearly displayed in the letter; and
- A statement that submissions are available for inspection by interested persons.
Written notices will generally be sent to owners within a 40m radius measured from each boundary of the development site.
A published notice involves an advertisement being placed in a local newspaper or other media. The published notice will include the following information:
- a description of the land (including the address) on which the development is proposed to be carried out;
- the name of the applicant and the name of the consent authority;
- a brief description of the proposed development;
- an invitation to inspect the application (including relevant plans and details);
- details of how the application can be inspected;
- an invitation to make a written submission in relation to the DA to the consent authority; and
- the period during which submissions can be made (notification period).
For all developments that require a published notice, Council will erect (and later remove) a site notice at the proposed development site. The site notice will display the following information:
- A clear, bold heading – DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL
- DA number
- Name of the applicant
- Address of the site
- A brief description of the proposal
- Plans including:
- a location plan; and
- elevation/s (if applicable)
- How the application and supporting documents can be inspected.
- An invitation to make a submission.
- The period during which submissions can be made (notification period). The notification end date will be clearly displayed on the sign
The method/s of notification will depend on the location, nature and scope of work proposed. Some minor proposals (such as internal alterations) may not require any formal notification, whereas major development proposals (such as new residential flat buildings) will require written, published and site notices.
Council’s Community Participation Plan PDF, 209.3 KB details the specific notification requirements for each type of development.
Make a submission
During the notification/advertising period, the notification plans will be available for viewing online. Any interested parties are invited to view the plans and make submissions.
Please note that it is an offence under section 10.6 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to provide false or misleading information in a submission.
For further information, please refer to Making submissions on development applications PDF, 316.82 KB.