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Frequently Asked Questions – Land Use Planning

Examples of development that are “Exempt” from requiring a Planning Permit

For more information about some “Exempt” developments – for which you do not need a Planning Permit, please click on the green button below.

Exemptions Webpage

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a Planning Permit?

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme - Central Coast applies to land in the Central Coast municipal area.

Depending on the zoning of the land and the nature of what is proposed, a permit may be required for the use of land and the development of a site.

The development and /or use of land is categorised as being-

  • Exempt;
  • No Permit Required;
  • Permitted;
  • Discretionary; or

The types of use and development that need to be assessed and categorised are:

  • Subdivision

  • New buildings and structures, that may be for a residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, or community purpose (examples), including additions

  • The use of land for a specific purpose, where no development is proposed, such as a change of use in a building
  • Visitor accommodation sites;
  • Ground works on a site, including landfill and site excavations that impact on waterways, shorelines and priority vegetation areas;

  • Signs; and
  • Native vegetation removal.

The Tasmanian Planning Scheme – Central Coast, that applies to the Central Coast Local Government Area, can be accessed via the Tasmanian Planning Commission’s website, available by clicking on the green button below.

Tasmanian Planning Commission - Website

Zone and Overlay maps that apply to land may also be viewed via theLIST website, available by clicking on the green button below.

theLIST - Website

If you have any questions please visit the Council's Administration Centre and discuss a change of use and/or your development with a planner. This will help to determine whether a Planning Permit would be required, and we can let you know the documents you would need to submit for assessment.  Other contact details can be viewed on the Contact a Planner Webpage – Click Here

What are the documents I need to lodge an application for a Planning Permit?

To make an application you would need:

  1. Certificate of Title (text and plan and Schedule of Easements, if applicable).  To obtain a copy, contact Service Tasmania or visit theLIST website, available by clicking on the green button below.
    theLIST - Website
  2. A signed application form.  You can download a planning permit application form below.
    Planning Permit Application Form
  • A written description of the proposed use or development and details of the location.
  • Site Plan.
  • Elevation Plan.
  • Floor Plan.
  • Drainage Plan, showing connection to stormwater, water and sewer systems, or if outside the urban networks, on-site trenching systems for wastewater and stormwater.

Depending on the location, zone and characteristics of your land, other reports may also be required.

Council’s Land Use Planning Office would be happy to discuss this with you.  Contact details can be viewed on the Contact a Planner Webpage – Click Here

How long will it take to get my Planning Permit or NPR Certificate?

The timeframes required for a Planning Permit are set out in the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993.

There are three types of documents that the Council’s Land Use Planning Office regularly issue:

  1. No Permit Required (NPR) Certificate: After payment of the fee, you would receive an NPR Certificate usually within 7-10 days.
  2. Permitted Permit: After the application is valid and fees have been paid, Council has up to 28 days to issue a Permitted Permit.
  3. Discretionary Permit: After the application is valid and fees have been paid, Council has up to 42 days to make a decision that the application be approved, with conditions, or refused.

Council’s planning staff work to issue permits in less time than these statutory timelines.

What do I do now that I have my Planning Permit or Certificate?

Take your stamped plans and Planning Permit or NPR Certificate to your Building Surveyor or Permit Authority (Council).

How much will it cost me to get my Planning Permit?

The cost for your Planning Permit depends on:

(a)        the category your use and development falls under;

(b)        the total area of the proposed development/works; and

(c)        whether public notification is required (i.e. is it a Discretionary application).

A planner can tell you what fee would apply to your development.  Contact details can be viewed on the Contact a Planner Webpage – Click Here

Does my Planning Permit expire?

Yes.  A Planning Permit expires two years after the date of approval.

If your development has not substantially commenced within the two year timeframe, you are required to apply for an extension of time, prior to the Permit’s expiry date.

What if my property is Heritage listed?

Having a Heritage listed property means that most alterations or additions need to be jointly assessed by Heritage Tasmania and Council, in its role as the Planning Authority.