New South Wales

Online lodgement of development applications to commence later this year: NSW Government

THE time it takes homeowners and builders to prepare and submit a development application will go from up to 10 days to less than 30 minutes following the launch of a new online lodgement system later this year, according to the NSW Government.

"Cutting red tape and faster housing approvals are Premier's Priorities and with online lodgement, we are doing just that," Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts said.

Sydney CBD
Above: Sydney CBD / by Andrea Schaffer.

Presently, the average time it takes to investigate, prepare, submit, lodge and track a DA manually is up to 10 days, but with the new online lodgement on the Department of Planning and Environment's planning portal, it will take less than half an hour.

"This will save people so much time and make the entire DA process easier and more efficient. The planning portal is up and running, but this new functionality for online lodgement will improve people's lives," Mr Roberts said.

"It will also allow people to view spatial data about a property online, rather than go to council. This could take 1-3 days to complete and submit a DA, but with online lodgement a homeowner could do it 10 minutes".

Currently, a number of individual councils allow some applications to be lodged electronically; however, the new portal will eventually be the one-stop-shop for development applications and complying development certificate submissions.

"We're getting down to business making it easier for home owners and developers to lodge their applications. Copying and printing heavy tomes and delivering them should be a thing of the past in this digital age," Mr Roberts said.

"Eventually the portal will connect any type of application to be lodged to any council in NSW. This will provide a uniform and consistent approach across the board".

Changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 to allow online lodgement of applications is currently on public exhibition.

More information is available from the Department of Planning and Environment website at <https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/title-exhibition>. The exhibition period ends on 15 March 2017.

Photo: View of Sydney CBD from Balls Head Reserve / Andrea Schaffer / Licensed under Creative Commons BY 2.0.

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