Council is required to notify other parties for applicable development applications and complying development certificates. This can include adjoining property owners and in some cases the general public. Council's notification process for development applications is detailed in section 1.15 of Development Control Plan (DCP) 2014 – Development Notification Requirements.
The notification of a development application will include information about making a submission in objection or support of the proposed development. The option of submission is not available for complying development certificates.
There is no obligation for a person to make a submission to Council. Council will accept submissions and petitions on a proposed development from all interested parties. All submissions must be made in writing. If you are objecting to a development proposal, you must clearly state your reasons and if possible, provide positive suggestions that you feel would be appropriate. This can be useful to clarify issues and establish facts.
Council Assessment Officers consider all submissions received for the application at the end of the exhibition period and acknowledges receipt of the submissions. Council is committed to development assessment processes that are transparent and enable the community to access information about a development proposal that may affect them. In order to achieve this all submissions are treated as public documents and are available for viewing online using our Application Tracking service.
Submissions containing petitions addressed to Council would normally be considered public documents and the details contained within a petition would therefore be available for public inspection. Organisers of petitions should ensure that people signing the petition are aware that Council may publish the petition on Council’s website, including any details signatories provide.
It is a requirement of all submitters who have made a political donation or gift in the two years prior to the lodgement of an application to provide a disclosure statement advising to the nature of this donation or gift. If you or the organisation you represent have made such a donation or gift the submission will need to be accompanied by a Disclosure Statement of Political Donations and Gifts where Council is Approval Authority - Submitters form.
It is also a requirement that all development applications are accompanied by a Disclosure Statement of Political Donations and Gifts where Council is Approval Authority - Applicants form.
Note: failure to complete such a statement if a Political Donation or Gift has been made is an offence under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
For further information refer to the Disclosure of Political Donations and Gifts document.
Page last updated: 06 January 2017