The NSW Government’s Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has mandated the use of the NSW Planning Portal for all councils across the state from 1 July 2021.
The Planning Portal will be a single online platform for planning applications and certificates, (and in time transactions) and includes a live map with detailed planning information.
From this date, the following applications need to be lodged via the portal:
- Development Applications
- Section 4.55 Applications
- Complying Development Certificates
- Construction Certificates
- Subdivision Certificates
- Occupation Certificates
The Planning Portal will provide a quicker, simpler, and more transparent online service. Users will be able to:
- View, manage and track the progress of applications;
- Upload documents;
- Receive email notifications at key stages of the application process; and
- View an enhanced digital mapping service that provides easy-to-use, information-rich maps for every address and lot in NSW.
Fees will still be payable to council at this stage.
The Department is developing payment functionality on each of the relevant e-Planning Digital Services to enable applicants to pay all relevant fees online at the point of lodgement.
Fees will eventually be payable through the ServiceNSW payment gateway and may incur a surcharge, depending on the payment method.
Dungog Council was successful in receiving a $50,000 NSW Government grant available to regional councils to assist with this state-wide transition. In addition to other identified priorities, grant funding will contribute toward the creation of a kiosk area in council’s Administration Building to assist the public with the lodgement of applications via the Planning Portal.
Overview of the Planning Portal