Comments and objections

On development applications

If you wish to comment or object to a development proposal, you’ll need to do so by email or post before the exhibition closing date. You must include your full name and address, the relevant development application number and the site address.

Your reasons should be clearly provided if you object to the proposal. We would like to know about the issues that are important to you.

We’ll notify you when we’ve received your comment.

Assessments and decisions

When you send us your feedback, we carefully consider it as part of the assessment process to determine the application.

Read more about the application process for information about assessments and decisions.

Privacy concerns

Comments and objections are NOT kept confidential. We release comments when a request is made in accordance with privacy laws and the relevant provisions under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

When we do release a comment, we withhold contact numbers, email addresses and signatures. Should you wish that all personal details or identifying information be withheld from the public, please let us know.

Comments are routinely placed on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s concurrence and referral portal. Even when confidentiality has been requested, personal information within these copies will be available to applicants and external agencies.

Disclosure requirements

If you have given a gift or made a donation to a councillor, an employee, or an approved contractor of the City within the past 2 years, you must include a disclosure statement with your submission.


If amendments to an application are minor or reduce impacts, you won’t be notified.

Wherever possible, people who have made submissions will be notified when an application is to be determined by the Local Planning Panel or the Central Sydney Planning Committee.

Due to the short timeframe between an agenda being published and the meeting taking place, it is not always practical to post a letter to people who have commented. We ask that you include a daytime telephone number or an email address, so we can contact you quickly.

When a final determination is made about an application, everyone who commented is informed of the outcome. For applications determined by the Local Planning Panel or Central Sydney Planning Committee, Council business papers are available online.


Send your comment or objection to:

City of Sydney, GPO Box 1591, Sydney NSW 2001

To find out more about a specific DA and its progress, please speak to the planner dealing with the application:

Planning assessment unit
02 9265 9333

To find out when the next committee meeting is scheduled and/or request time to speak at the meeting, please contact:

Secretariat unit
02 9265 9333

Last updated: Wednesday, 1 July 2020