Safely doing business with Development Services
  • Last updated:
  • 07 Oct 2022

While we're all getting used to doing business a little differently during these times, we're still here to help. Please be patient if you experience delays. We are working hard to answer your call as quickly as possible. 

We are focused on ensuring you can continue to safely do business with us. To protect the health of our community and our staff we have changed the way we provide our services.

How can we help you?

You can contact council's Development Services on any of our convenient online options.

Development advice services are available via:

Lodging applications and correspondence online is strongly encouraged.

You can take advantage of our convenient online services available 24/7, including:

Keep up to date with the most up-to-date COVID-19 information and FAQs.

Amendments to Planning Act 2016 for COVID-19 pandemic

The Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning declared the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as an applicable event under the new amendments to the Planning Act 2016 passed by Parliament.

This declaration took effect Friday 20 March 2020 and concluded 30 April 2021. A further applicable event was declared on 29 June 2021 concluding on 24 June 2022.

On 8 July 2020, under these powers, the Minister extended timeframes for undertaking approved development by six months. This means development approvals benefit from an additional six months to undertake approved development if they:

  • were in effect on the date of the extension notice (8 July 2020), or
  • come into effect between the date of extension notice and 31 October 2020.

On 1 September 2021, under these powers, the Minister extended timeframes for undertaking approved development by six months. This means development approvals benefit from an additional six months to undertake approved development if they:

  • were in effect on the date of the extension notice (1 September 2021), or
  • come into effect between the date of extension notice and 30 September 2021.

On 26 April 2022, under these powers, the Minister extended timeframes for undertaking approved development by twelve months. This means development approvals benefit from an additional twelve months to undertake approved development if they:

  • were in effect on the date of the extension notice (26 April 2022), or
  • come into effect between the date of extension notice and 24 June 2022.

This notice does not apply to building development approvals for building works to which section 71 of the Building Act 1975 applies.

Please visit the Department of State Development website for up to date information on the new amendments and any powers enacted by the Minister.