Step 7 – Approval or refusal?

Applications that are straight forward and not subject to public comment are able to be dealt with under delegated authority (ie. by a Council officer).  Most applications are approved however the common reasons that DAs are refused are:

  • Insufficient information
  • Prohibited development
  • Non-compliance with planning controls
  • Unacceptable impacts on the environment
  • Inappropriate development on that land
  • Public interest (eg. matters raised in public submissions)

The way in which your application is finally determined will depend on the nature of the application; variations to planning controls and submissions received.  If your proposal is straightforward and not subject to significant public comment it will generally be able to be dealt with under delegated authority (ie. by a Council officer).  Alternatively, your application may be forwarded to a Council meeting (i.e. Mayor and Councillors) following preparation of the assessment report.  This report will include a recommendation that will be considered during this meeting.  If you would like to address Council please refer to Application to Address a Council Meeting.

Once a decision is made, you will be advised in writing of the outcome of your application.  If your application is granted approval then you will be sent a copy of a Development Consent Notice that will contain conditions of consent and a copy of the stamped approved plans.  Should your application be refused, a refusal notice will be issued advising of the grounds for refusal.

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