All homeowners in the Bellingen Shire are now required to lodge their Development Applications via the NSW Planning Portal.
Bellingen Shire Council are now live with online payments for Applications, see Step 4 below for further info.
It is essential that applicants take note of the steps below to prevent any delays in the processing and assessment of Development Applications.
Steps to take prior to lodgement
- Review our Planning controls and talk to your builder or consultant about complying with all your legal obligations.
- Consider attending a Pre-Lodgement Meeting to discuss site specifics, complex or large-scale development proposals with our team, or alternatively speak to one of our Planning Officers on 02 6655 7300 to determine exactly what is required to accompany your DA.
- Read Council's Development Application Lodgement Requirements(PDF, 218KB) to ensure what you are submitting is in line with the requirements and to prevent delays.
How to lodge your application on the NSW Planning Portal
We've outlined some steps to assist you in lodging your application as all Development Applications including Modification or Review of Determination applications are to be lodged through the Planning Portal. Should you encounter any difficulties, refer to our advice under the Support for our Applicants section below.
Returned applications & how to relodge
For DAs which have been returned to the applicant due to insufficient information, the Planning Portal now provides the option to Create a new Copy of your DA allowing you to relodge a new application including the additional documentation with ease.
How to lodge additional information
For DAs where minor information is still required, Council will submit a request through the Planning Portal for additional information specifying the timeframe in which the information is required to be submitted. The request will outline exactly what information is required for Council to proceed to formally accepting your application.
Use this guide for instructions on how to lodge additional information in the Portal. Note, it is preferable for applicants to upload all required additional information at the same time.
Contact our Planning Officer on 02 6655 7300 if you have technical queries about the additional information we've requested.