For each development assessment, we are required to:
- Assess the application against the matters specified in section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, and Wollongong's Local Environmental Plan and Development Control Plan.
- Consider all the objections and comments made within the advertising and notification period.
- Determine the environmental impacts of the development and whether or not it is in the public interest.
The Assessment Process
Once you've lodged your Development Application it will be assigned a DA number.
The Development Application will then be placed on exhibition for public comment before a decision is made. The type of applications and how exhibition will take place is set out in Council's Notification Policy. If any valid objections are received it will be up to you to address them during our assessment of the application. A decision will then be made to either approve the application with conditions or refuse the application.
If all submissions have been considered and resolved, and the application complies with our development standards it may be approved by Council staff.
Development Applications that meet criteria set by the State Government will be assessed by the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP).
Regionally significant development will be referred to the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) for determination.
During the Assessment Process our officers will conduct a site inspection and might refer your application to other departments for advice on issues such as flood risk and traffic considerations. Some applications may also be sent to NSW State Government Departments for their comments and or approvals.
We may then grant development consent, usually subject to a number of conditions, or may refuse your application.
You can follow the progress of your application online from lodgement to determination using our application tracking service.
Please allow time for your application to be processed because sometimes complex issues arise.
Following determination, applicants will receive written notice of the determination of the application. All interested parties that lodged a submission during the assessment period will also receive a letter advising them of the determination.