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Land Use Planning Group

The Council’s Land Use Planning Group is responsible for providing effective land use planning and regulation of development sustainable development principles and standards.

What’s involved in the planning application process

1. Is there a charge for lodging a planning application?

All planning applications require the payment of a fee. The fee depends upon the type and scope of use or development being proposed.

Some applications may require approval from a State Government agency (e.g. Environment Protection Authority). An additional fee may be charged by the State Government in such circumstances.

2. How long does the planning application decision making process take?

The Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 requires the Council to determine planning applications within 42 days from the date of submission. However, the Council aims to determine applications sooner than this. If the Council requires additional information to be provided before it can make a decision, then the 42 day time frame will be halted until this additional information is provided to the satisfaction of the Council.

3. What's involved in the planning application process?

Development Application Checklist

The Council has developed a checklist as a reference guide when preparing to submit a Planning Application. The listed documents are the minimum requirement for a preliminary assessment to be undertaken.

Permitted Applications

The Council is bound to approve a "permitted" planning permit application. There is no right of objection by another party for "permitted" applications.

Discretionary applications

"Discretionary" planning permit applications must be publicly notified for a 14 day period by:

  • Sending a written notice to all adjoining owners and occupiers;
  • Displaying a notice at the boundary of the land;
  • Placing an advertisement in The Advocate newspaper; and
  • Making the application available for inspection at the Administration Centre, 19 King Edward Street, Ulverstone.

Details of the application may also be viewed on the Council's website.

Any person has a right to object to a discretionary application during the 14 day advertising period.

Planning Application Assessment

Your application will be assessed by the Council's Planning and Assessment Team which is a multi-discipline group of professional officers including Town Planners, Engineers, Environmental Health Officers and Building staff.

Planning Decisions

Planning applications are determined either at a Council meeting or by staff under delegated authority.

The elected members of the Council determine all applications which are either recommended by planning staff for refusal or which have received objections to the development.

4. How can I object to a Planning Application?

Any person has a right to object to a discretionary application during the 14 day advertising period. Representations may be made by writing to the General Manager, Central Coast Council, PO Box 220, Ulverstone 7315 or by email to [email protected] and quoting the relevant Application Number.

5. Appeals

The following fencing is exempt from requiring a planning permit:

Applicants may appeal the Council's decision on a planning application within 14 days after notice of that decision is served on them. The applicant may appeal either against the Council's decision to refuse an application, or against the conditions imposed by the Council on a planning permit.

Any person who has lodged an objection to a development during the 14 day advertising period may lodge an appeal within 14 days after being served notice of Council's decision.

Where the Council refuses to grant a planning permit, there is no right for an objector to lodge an appeal.

6. Lodging an Appeal

Planning appeals are heard by the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal, which is a body established under the State's planning laws. The Appeal Tribunal is completely independent of the Council.

The Appeal Tribunal's contact details are as follows:

Telephone No.:
(03) 6165 6794

[email protected]

Postal Address:
GPO Box 2036
Hobart TAS 7001

Street Address:
Level 1
144-148 Macquarie Street