Project Status: When you need to do this
What you need to do
It’s your responsibility to be aware of relevant planning controls and policies that apply to your development before you make your application.
We offer 3 types of advice to help you through the application process.
General planning advice
For general advice about planning controls and minor developments, such as signs, residential alterations and additions, and outdoor dining, you can make an appointment to speak to a duty planner.
At the appointment you can find out:
- whether your proposed development is permissible
- whether an application is actually required
- about fees payable
- how our plans, codes and policies affect your proposal.
Duty planner appointments for general planning advice are only available by phone.
The call will be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes with no consecutive bookings allowed.
For planning advice on large or more complex developments, you’ll need to request pre-lodgement advice using our ePlanning service. We no longer accept email requests.
Some examples of large or complex development include new residential flat buildings and multistorey developments, or significant developments involving a heritage item or contaminated land.
A planner will provide advice in writing in response to the online request and, in some cases, they may arrange a meeting to discuss your proposal. This process can identify potential issues and offer preliminary design advice before the formal development application is lodged. This helps to develop mutually acceptable solutions to issues and advance the assessment process.
This service is provided free and the level of service depends on the nature of the proposal and the advice sought.
If you have any questions about model advice appointments, including what to bring with you, please email our model unit at [email protected].