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.



Applications can be accepted online via the NSW Planning Portal here.

Council will also accept applications via email at or over the counter. Digital lodgement is preferred.


You will need to prepare:

Statement of Environmental Effects (PDF 173.8KB)

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

Forbes Shire Council is moving towards 100% of Development Applications via the NSW Planning Portal. This system streamlines the Development Assessment process. Should you wish to discuss lodgement options, please contact Councils Planning and Growth department on (02) 6850 2300 (option 1).


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.