Anyone can make a submission on a development application (DA), particularly if you feel that you, your property or your locality may be affected by a proposed development.
You should judge whether the proposal will affect you. Submissions need not be lengthy, or prepared by a qualified town planner – the nature of your concerns is what matters.
You do not need to make a submission if you have no concerns.
Details of all development applications can be accessed on Council’s DA Tracker.
The procedures for notifying a DA to neighbouring properties and the wider community are outlined in our Community Participation Plan(PDF, 13MB). Many routine applications are not publicly exhibited or advertised.
Tips when making a submission
We are currently dealing with an unprecedented surge in DA assessments. If you are lodging a submission on a DA, we’d be grateful for your assistance with the following at this time:
- Use the DA Tracker to get updates on an application progress instead of contacting the planner directly.
- There is no need to follow-up with the planner if you have made a submission. Using the online form, an immediate confirmation will be sent. If your submission is sent by mail or delivered, it will be acknowledged once the exhibition period has finished.
- Written submissions are always considered in the decision-making process. Your submission can not be received via a telephone call.
- Multiple contact about submissions is not necessary. The planner will not respond directly to you as a result of your submission. Your concerns will be addressed within the assessment report.
- The planner will only make contact with you directly for any clarification if it's required.
The online form is the preferred method to make a submission to a development application. Complete the form below, or select the 'Make a Submission' tab on the DA Tracker.