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Planning Applications now in the NSW Planning Portal

From 31 December 2020, planning applications will need to be lodged electronically through the Planning Portal managed by the NSW Government.

The NSW Government recently passed the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Planning Portal) Regulation 2020. This amendment introduces requirements for certain planning applications to be made through the NSW Planning Portal

From 31 December 2020, anyone lodging a development application will be required to upload their application electronically through the Planning Portal that is managed by the NSW Government.

This includes applications and post consent certificates such as:

  • Development Applications
  • Section 4.55 Modification Applications
  • Complying Development Certificates
  • Construction Certificates
  • Occupation Certificates
  • Subdivision Certificates
  • Appointments of Council as a Principal Certifier

As a result of these changes, applications can no longer be submitted to Council over the counter or by email.

To submit an application through the Planning Portal you will need to register and verify an account.

Further information on how to lodge applications on the portal is available on www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au

If you require assistance in submitting an application:

To lodge a development application you will need internet connection as the Planning Portal is a web-based tool. Computers and WIFI are available at our customer service desks in Merrylands for the purpose of lodging your development application.

Please talk to our customer service team by calling 02 8757 9000 to make an appointment to use these services.

All electronic documents submitted with your application must satisfy the following criteria:

1. PDF Format

All documents, plans, application forms etc. must be submitted as separate PDF files for each document or plan or application form. For example, site plans must be on one PDF document and elevations must be on another separate PDF document.

PDF documents can consist of numerous pages, in accordance with Council's file naming protocol. Security settings must not be applied to electronic documents, this includes passwords.

2. Documents

Documents must be in A4 format and optimised for minimum size (online publishing).

Files larger than 4MB should be broken up into logical parts and supplied as separate files.

3. Plans

Plans must be to scale and rotated to landscape.

4. File Names

File naming conventions will apply to all electronic documents, including plans and application forms.

File names are to match the document requirements in accordance with the following examples:

  • Development Application form - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Cover Letter - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Survey - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Notification - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Site Plan - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Site Analysis - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Floor - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Elevations - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Sections - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Streetscape - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Shadow Diagrams - Plan Form - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Shadow Diagrams - Elevation & Section Form - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Landscape - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Plan - Stormwater - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Report - Statement of Environmental Effects/Environmental Impact Statement - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Report - BASIX Certificate - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Report - Flooding - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Cost Calculation form and/or Quantity Surveyors (QS) Report - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Photographic Record - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Photomontage - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Schedule of External Finishes - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Waste Management Plan - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands

If you are submitting revised plans:

  • Plan - Revised (name of plan) - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands
  • Report - Revised (name of report) - 16 Memorial Avenue Merrylands