Making a submission or comment on an application

Everything you need to know about making a submission on development applications.

A submission is a written comment about a development proposal. Council will consider any comments received for any type of development proposal.

You can confirm the category of assessment for a development application by checking the application details on council's Development.i. There are two different types of development applications.

A code assessable application does not need public notification. You may lodge a letter of objection or support for any application at any time. The assessing officer will consider your comments. No appeal rights apply and you will not receive a copy of the decision notice.

An impact assessable application must have a public notification period. This is when you can make a formal submission. Submissions received during the notification period will receive an acknowledgement letter. If you make a properly made submission, you are able to appeal the council's decision on the application.

Find out about making an appeal.

To view applications currently on public notification, check Development.i for:

This fact sheet (DOCX, 1.4MB) helps to explain the different types of assessment.

The State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA) carries out the state's assessment functions. SARA may be a referral agency for development applications where the state has a jurisdiction, such as where a development gains access to a state controlled road.

If you have questions or feedback regarding the state's assessment functions you can contact your local SARA regional office.

For more information, refer to the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website.