Learn how to make a submission to support or object to a development application
Part of assessing complex development proposals is to give members of the public the opportunity to make a submission about the proposed development.
A submission is a written objection or supporting comment about a development proposal. Any member of the community (a person, group or organisation) can make a submission.
Submissions are not confidential. All submissions are published on Council's PD Online webpage with the submitters' contact details as required by the Planning Act 2016.
A person who makes a 'properly made' submission is called the 'submitter'. For development applications that require public notification, once we consider all submissions and the application is decided, a copy of the decision must be sent to each principal submitter.
Submissions can be made on developments that are impact assessable and for variation requests. They may usually:
- be complex developments
- impact the community
- be potentially unsuitable for an area.
Grounds for submission
Grounds submission should focus on planning, environment or transport issues such as:
- whether the proposed use is consistent with the intent for the area as expressed in the planning scheme
- whether the scale and design of the proposed development is compatible with surrounding development
- how the development addresses the street and interfaces with adjoining properties
- any potential traffic and car parking issues associated with the development
- hours of operation (for commercial activities)
- how the development may impact on drainage patterns in the area
- how the development fits with any objective of the planning scheme to protect and enhance the natural environment.
For more information on making a submission and appeal rights, visit the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning website.
Make a submission