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Wollongong City Council

Lapsed Development Consents

If your Development Application is approved, the consent will only be valid for a certain amount of time. Usually this is five years from when you receive approval, but it could be different in some cases.

The date that your consent is valid until will be shown on your Notice of Determination.

If you don't start the approved development before that date, your consent becomes lapsed, or out of date. This means that you may need to submit a new application. Please talk to us for advice if you have a consent that has lapsed.

Changes to lapsing of development consents

To support businesses and landowners, the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE) has made changes to lapsing dates of development consents.

Lapsing dates of development consents and deferred commencement consents have been changed so that:

  • all consents and deferred commencement consents granted in the 2 year period from 25 March 2020 will have a five-year lapsing period that cannot be reduced by the consent authority
  • for consents and deferred commencement consents granted before 25 March 2020 that had not already lapsed, the lapsing date has been extended by 2 years, and;
  • consents and deferred commencement consents that have lapsed since 25 March 2020 are revived and extended by 2 years from the date they lapsed.

Please see the DPIE website for more information.