Do I need approval?

To establish if your proposal needs approval you will need to determine the type of development required.

Some development requires an application to Council while other development may be undertaken without any planning approval.

You can follow the below steps to determine which type of approval is needed.

Do I need approval?

Step 1.Zoning

Determine the zone that applies to the development site under the Mid-Western Regional Local Environmental Plan 2012.

Step 2.Type of Development

Establish the type of development you require and check whether your type of proposed development is permitted with or without consent, or if prohibited in your zone.

Step 3.Heritage or Bushfire attributes

Check if there are any other site attributes such as Bushfire or Heritage that may trigger other approval requirements.

Step 4.Site suitability

Confirm that the site is suitable for the proposed development.

Step 5.Plans and Policies

Check how Council's adopted guidelines, plans, codes and policies may affect the proposed development. 

Sometimes it is not clear whether something requires a Development Application as it often depends on the size and location of the works. If you are unsure, get in touch with Council before proceeding.

Pre-lodgement meetings

Council's Development Department offer a free pre-lodgement service whereby, people wishing to lodge a Development Application may meet with the relevant Council Officers to discuss the proposed development.

The intent of a pre-lodgement meeting is to avoid delays in the processing of development applications due to incomplete or absent information. In this regard Council aims to identify potential issues with the type of development proposed and/or the particular site so that the specific matters may be addressed in the final application. Where possible, Council officers will suggest alternative and acceptable solutions for the applicant to consider prior to lodging the full application. 

  • Multi dwelling housing, mixed residential/commercial development,
  • Large scale subdivision applications (greater than 10 lots)
  • Commercial development (other than minor additions/alteration, change of use applications)
  • Industrial development (other than minor additions/alteration, change of use applications)

Any application submitted to Council for consideration is subject to the full rigor of an assessment in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979 and advice given during a pre-lodgement meeting can not be taken as inferring a reasonable expectation as to the outcome of the assessment process. Council is however, enthusiastic and committed to providing quality advice to all potential applicants in the Mid-Western Region and you are encouraged to discuss your proposal big or small with the Development Team.

To arrange a pre-lodgement meeting contact Council's Development Department on 6378 2850.