Public notification

In some instances there is a requirement that the public is notified about a proposed development before a decision is made. The process involves council planners writing to adjoining owners or occupiers of land with details of the proposed development. This gives people who may be directly affected by the proposal an opportunity to comment.

The extent of notice given to members of the public depends on the development category.


Category 1 development: public notification is not permitted. 

This category applies to development that includes, but is not limited to:

  • single storey dwellings (including walls on boundaries)
  • land division of up to four allotments
  • minor developments (eg sheds, verandahs, swimming pools, carports etc).

Category 2 development: adjoining property owners/occupiers must be notified by letter. 

This category applies to development that includes, but is not limited to:

  • dwellings over one storey in height in Character and Heritage Conservation Policy Areas
  • some retail, commercial and industrial development, where the proposed site is adjacent a different zone
  • demolition of local heritage buildings or contributory items

Category 3 development: property owners/occupiers in the locality and general public more broadly must be notified. Where Category 1 or 2 does not apply, the requirement defaults to Category 3 notification. 

This includes notification in a local or state-wide newspaper and adjoining land owners/occupiers notified by letter.

Note: applicants must cover costs associated with public notification.These fees are applied in addition to lodgement and assessment fees.

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