Decision reviews

Decision reviews

No more paper applications

We no longer require paper copies for some of our development and building-related applications.

Your application will need to meet our digital requirements.

How to apply for a review

If you are dissatisfied with a determination the City of Sydney has made about your development application (DA) or an application to modify development consent (s96) you can appeal directly to the NSW Land and Environment Court

Alternatively, a less costly avenue is to apply for the decision to be reviewed by an appeals panel appointed by the City, which is made up of 2 senior planning officers and an external independent panel member.

There are statutory deadlines for appeal applications to be made and determined from the date of the original decision:

  • DAs (section 82A): Council must determine within 6 months. It is recommended the application is lodged within 4 months to allow for the determination to be made. 
  • consent modification (section 96AB): application must be lodged within 28 days.

We recommend section 82A applications be lodged as soon as possible to allow a determination to be made in time. Please note: section 82A applications do not apply to complying development, designated development, integrated development or a determination made about Crown land applications.

The appeals panel can review and reconsider the decision or condition placed on an application that was determined by a City officer under delegated authority. Appeals about decisions that were made by Council or the Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC) are required to be referred back to either of these decision-making bodies to be determined.

You must lodge your appeal request using the appropriate form, which can be downloaded below, or you can collect a copy from your nearest Neighbourhood Service Centre.

Rejected applications

If your application has been rejected you can lodge a request for the rejection to be reviewed under section 82B of the Act. The review will be conducted by a City planner.

You must apply for the review within 14 days of receiving the rejected application notice. The form to apply for the review can be downloaded below.


The schedule of fees for a decision or rejection to be reviewed are available online.


If you have any questions about the review process, please contact the planner listed on your notice of determination.

Or you can contact the City and make an appointment to speak to a duty planner about your proposed development.

Last updated: Thursday, 7 September 2017