Step 3: Apply

You must lodge an application for planning approval before starting development or use of land within the Shire, unless the type of development or use is exempt from requiring planning approval. Development approvals ensure that your development complies with Council’s local planning scheme and other relevant legislation and policies.

Applicants can discuss planning proposals and preliminary plans with the Council’s planning officers to get a better understanding of the process. Planning officers can also advise on a proposed development or land use, and the information required to lodge a complete application.



As of the 1st January 2021, Council will no longer accept Development Applications over the counter or digitally. 

Applications are now only accepted online via the NSW Planning Portal here.

Should you have any questions, please contact Council's Planning & Development Department 02 6850 2300.


You will need to prepare:

Statement of Environmental Effects

Owners Consent documentation

BASIX Certificate – if residential development with cost of works greater than $50,000

Required plans – refer to Step 2 – Preparing a Development Application

Guide to using the Planning Portal

Guide to lodging a Development Application via the Planning Portal


Fees and charges

A detailed list of all our fees can be found in the Councils Fees and Charges here.

A quote for development applications fees can be requested by calling 02 6850 2300.

Video tutorials

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