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Planning Approval Pathways

Integrated Development

Council will refer the application to the necessary agency so that there is an integrated assessment of the proposal.

Certain development applications require approval (such as a permit or license) from a NSW Government agency (also called an approval body) before a determination can be made by the local council (the consent authority). These are called integrated development. Council will refer the development application to the necessary approval body so that there is an integrated assessment of the proposal.

Approval will need to be obtained from the approval body, for example, the Environmental Protection Agency, before development consent can be granted. Integrated development applications require an approval listed in Section 4.46 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act). Examples of this include an aquaculture permit, mining lease, pollution licence, Aboriginal heritage impact permit.

The consent authority (council) must refer the development application to the relevant approval body and incorporate their general terms of approval. It must not approve the development application if the approval body recommends refusal. The council may determine the development application without the advice from the relevant approval body if advice is not received within:

  • 40 days of the application being forwarded to the approval body (if the DA is not advertised) or;
  • 21 days (if the DA is advertised) from when the public submissions are forwarded to the approval body (or another timeframe if additional information has been requested).

The Secretary now has power to act in place of an approval body under s4.47(4A) of the EP&A Act to prevent delays in the assessment of a development application in certain circumstances, as outlined in clause 70AA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000.

The Department of Planning Industry and Environment has developed an online service to facilitate State agency consultation on development applications. The new service will help reduce assessment times and make it easier for applicants to pay fees online and track the consultation process.

It supports broader reforms that make the development application process more efficient and allows the Secretary to step in to resolve delays. This service is expected to save applicants up to 11 days compared to current assessment times.

The online service is part of a digital-first planning environment that simplifies and fast tracks the approval process for development applications.

View the Secretary orders

State agencies using the system have their own dashboard, so they can receive and action requests online. Legislated time frames have been built into the system, so all stakeholders will be prompted to ensure an efficient turnaround of applications.

Applicants requesting an approval for a DA in the local government areas using the service will need to register to the NSW Planning Portal to create their own account. Registered applicants have access to their own dashboard, which enables them to pay any relevant fees online and to track the progress of the concurrence and referral request in real time.

How to access the Online concurrence and referral service

  1. Register for, or log into, your NSW Planning Portal account
  2. Upon successful login, select the relevant application from your dashboard.
  3. You are able to view, track or make payments online to state agencies related to your development application from this location.

More information

If you need assistance using the online concurrence and referral service, please view our relevant guides or contact ServiceNSW on 1300 305 695 for additional support.

Councils will now be able to request for Secretary’s Intervention on a Concurrence and Referral case.

For more information, please contact the ePlanning team at [email protected]