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 Council's Assessing 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 Council's Assessing Officer).

In some circumstances, for example, if your application seeks to vary a development control as set out by the Hawkesbury Development Control Plan 2012 (DCP), the application will need to be referred to the Development Review Panel for determination.  The Development Review Panel consists of senior Development Services staff within Council who will review your application, and the report prepared by the assessing officer, before making a determination.

Other applications are required to be determined by the Hawkesbury Local Planning Panel (HLPP) if they meet the criteria set by the NSW Minister for Planning. For more information on the HLPP please refer Hawkesbury Local Planning Panel on Council’s Website.

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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