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What is Development Planning?

Will Development Planning identify all my application requirements?

Development Planning should identify the relevant requirements from Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP) However, there is always the possibility that an assessment officer will identify other requirements once the assessment process begins or during a site visit. This is because it is impossible to know everything about each site in the City. If you provide the information requested through Development Planning, you will minimise the requests for further information and the time it takes to assess your application.

Development Planning does not identify any matters relating to State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPP) which may apply to your proposal. For these matters you can refer to the NSW Government Legislation website, or contact one of Council's Duty Officers on 02 4921 0333.

Do Not use Development Planning:

If you are preparing an application under the following circumstances:

For further assistance, please contact Council's Customer Service Centre on (02) 4921 0333.

Professional Assistance

Development is a complex issue, regardless of the size or location of a development. Council recommends seeking assistance from professional consultants when preparing your development application.

Development Potential

The information that Development Planning produces may give you an indication of the development potential of a parcel of land, however, it is not a substitute for obtaining a Planning certificate under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979. If you are thinking of buying a property for development purposes, you should not rely on the information in Development Planning to make your decision.

What information will you need?

Getting Started

In order to access this website and use the Development Planning service you must agree to the terms and conditions below.

Laws

The laws of the State of New South Wales, Australia, and the Commonwealth of Australia, govern all matters relating to this service.

Copyright

The content of this website (which includes downloadable material) is subject to copyright and protected in Australia by law, and by international agreements in other countries.

Lake Macquarie City Council (Council) owns the copyright of the majority of content on this website, and where another party owns the copyright of content, Council has their permission to provide their material on this website, and/or as allowed under applicable legislation.

Council gives you permission to view, print, and download the content on this website for the purpose of research and the preparation of a development application, construction certificate, and complying development certificate, under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, within the Lake Macquarie geographical area. Council does not give you permission to alter, change, or modify the copy of any content from how it appears on this website.

While this website provides links to other websites as reference sources, Council has no responsibility for your use of content on those websites and you must abide by the terms and conditions for the use of content on those websites.

Liability

To the maximum extent permitted by law, you agree to indemnify Lake Macquarie City Council for any loss, costs, or damages, arising from or relating in any way, to your use, reliance, or acceptance of information or other content on this website.

Council makes every effort to keep the content of this website up-to-date, however, changes to State legislation and planning instruments may occur at any time without notice. Council has no responsibility for the accuracy of any content obtained from this website and stored by a user in any form.

Where this website provides links to third party websites, Council has no responsibility for your use of content on those websites and you must abide by the terms and conditions for the use of content on those websites.

Users of this website should not treat the content on this website as professional advice. Users of this website should rely on their own inquiries and advice, independent of the information or other content of this website.

I understand that the information on this website is not a substitute for obtaining a Planning certificate under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.


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