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Every planning application must be accompanied by:

  • completed application form (PDF, 203 kB) 
  • an application fee (PDF, 78.8 kB) when required (credit card surcharge – payments made by credit card will incur a credit card surcharge equivalent to the Merchant Service Fee imposed upon Council by the credit card provider. The surcharge applicable to each card type is: Visa - 0.38%, Mastercard - 0.38% Diners Club – 1.47%, Amex – 1.48%.)
  • recent Certificate of Title – no older than 28 days
  • a covering letter explaining your proposal
  • neighbourhood and site description
  • a design response or explanation of the proposed use
  • three copies of plans drawn to scale (1:100 or 1:200) and fully dimensioned, as well as an A3-sized set.
    Plans must show the site, floor layout and elevations.

Helpful steps to consider when preparing an application

1. Do your homework

  • Research any planning policies or guidelines that may apply to your proposed development or site.
  • Does your proposal meet the requirements of these policies?
  • You should consider engaging a design professional and/or planning consultant, particularly if your proposal is large or complex.

2. Undertake a site analysis

  • Take photographs of the site and surrounding area, including neighbouring properties. What are the opportunities presented by the site? What are the constraints?
  • At this early stage, it is also worthwhile talking to adjoining property owners to find out what they value about their property and why.
  • You may need to engage a surveyor to record the exact dimensions, slope and conditions of the site and the surrounding area.
  • Prepare a site description in order to illustrate the characteristics of the site and surrounding area.

3. Prepare sketch plans

  • Prepare sketch plans of your proposal, taking into consideration the opportunities and constraints identified by your site analysis.
  • At this stage of your planning, it is also important to consider the integration of landscaping into your proposed development.
  • Prepare a design response statement, outlining how your preliminary design has responded to the site and surrounding area.

4. Pre-application meeting

  • Before you lodge your planning application, make an appointment for preliminary discussions with one of our town planners.
  • We can let you know if you are on the right track, and discuss any potential issues or areas of concern with you. We can also tell you about any relevant Council policies that you will need to consider when preparing your application.

 5. Talk to your neighbours

  • You may wish to talk to your neighbours before finalising your plans. If they are unhappy with an aspect of your proposal, you may be able to reach a compromise before lodging your planning application.
  • Being up front from the start will reduce the potential for conflict later on. If there are no objections to what you are proposing, it is likely that Council will take less time to process your application.

6. Review and finalise your plans

  • Weigh up the feedback received from Council and your neighbours. Review your plans and incorporate any suggested changes that you think are reasonable.
  • Finalise your plans and any written material, including your neighbourhood and site description and design response.

7. Lodge your application

  • Complete all information by referring to our existing checklists and lodge your planning application with Council.
  • If your application is for a single or multi-dwelling development in a residential area, you will need to complete and submit a Residential Urban Character Study Form for residential development.
  • If your application is for a discretionary use in a residential area, you will need to complete and submit a Residential Urban Character Study Form for discretionary uses (PDF, 770.2 kB).

You may also find the Making a Planning Application Information Sheet (PDF, 754 kB) useful to consider before submitting an application.