Making a submission or comment on an application
  • Last updated:
  • 11 Oct 2019

A submission can only be lodged for an impact assessment development application which requires public notification. A properly made submission will have a legal right to appeal council's decision to the Planning and Environment Court.

A code assessment application does not need public notification and no formal submission can be lodged. Council will consider any comments received for a code assessment development application.

You can confirm the category of assessment for a development application by checking the application details on council's Development.i. Once you have determined whether the application is code assessment or impact assessment, select the relevant section below to outline the submission or comment process.

This fact sheet[1435KB] helps to further explain the assessment legislation requirements.

For more information, refer to the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website.

Making a submission on an impact assessment application

An impact assessment development application requires public notification to enable the community to lodge a submission. The community is informed of this public notification by:

  • giving a notice to the owners of all adjoining land
  • publishing a notice in a local newspaper, and
  • placing a notice on the land.

A submission can only be lodged for an impact assessment application. Council will consider any matters raised in a 'properly made' submission during the assessment process.

For a submission to be 'properly made', it must:

  • be made to the assessment manager
  • be in writing
  • be signed by each person who made the submission, unless it is made electronically
  • state the name and residential or business address of each person who made the submission
  • state what aspects of the proposed development you support or oppose and why using facts and circumstances
  • be received by council during the formal public notification period.

To submit, you can send to council by email or mail.

To help with your submission, you can use the (optional) notice of submission form[863KB].

You can check the status and progress of a development application and view your submission, and others at any time by searching via council's Development.i.

Note: the State Government Planning Act 2016 requires that council publish all submissions on their website, including individual's details. All submissions are published, irrespective of whether or not they are 'properly made'.

Lodging an appeal to a council decision

Anyone who makes a 'properly made' submission on an impact assessment application can appeal against council's decision on the development application.

To lodge an appeal, a notice of appeal form must be completed and lodged with the accompanying fee to the Planning and Environment Court.

The submitter can only lodge an appeal within the submitter appeal period. Council will advise submitters in writing when their appeal period begins and ends.

Making a comment on a code assessment application

A comment can be made on a code assessment application. A code assessment application does not require public notification and there are no legal rights to appeal council's decision.

The matters raised in your comments will be considered during the assessment in accordance with the relevant legislation, including the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014.

Please use this online form to make a comment on an application. Please note, this form is for the convenience of the public and any persons wishing to make a comment are not obliged to use this form.

Note: Comments are not a legal requirement for code assessment application. No formal response will be provided to your comments. You keep track of the status of the application via council's Development.i.