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Making a submission
During the submission period for a planning application (e.g. development application, requests to amend Council's Local Environmental Plan or Development Control Plan etc),  anyone can make a submission for or against the application.

Council will consider the submission as part of the assessment process. Submissions must be made in writing and be received by Council no later than close of business on the final day of the submission period.

Form and Content of Submissions
Any of the following means of delivery are acceptable:

  • Personal delivery;
  • Post (allow postage times);
  • Fax; and
  • Email.

Each submission must:

  • Clearly identify the matter to which the submission relates;
  • State the grounds of any support or objection expressed in the submission; and 
  • Be signed by the person making the submission (except if transmitted by electronic mail).

Where a submission is delivered by electronic mail, the submission must include the sender’s residential address and phone number so as to:

  • Enable a reply by ordinary mail; and
  • If necessary, enable Council officers to clarify points raised in the submission.

Submissions may be made public
Submissions, including individual submitter’s particulars, may be published on Council’s website and included in relevant Council reports.

Please note, Council no longer employs the practice of taking objections in confidence, therefore names and addresses will no longer be removed and will be on the public record for access by others (e.g. applicants, state government agencies, in reports to Council Meetings). 

Council may, however, still be obliged to release the full details of submissions including name and address details, under the requirements of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

Late submissions

Consideration of late submissions is at the discretion of Council.

Disclosure of political gifts and donations
If you are making a submission to Council on a planning application you are required to disclose information about political donations and gifts (if any) made by any person with a financial interest in the application.

This includes information about:

  • All reportable political donations made to any local councillor of Council; and 
  • All gifts made to any local councillor or employee of Council.

This information needs to cover the period commencing two years before the application is made and ending when the application is determined.

If the donation or gift is made after you have submitted your submission you must provide a statement within seven days after the donation or gift is made.

Note: According to the legislation donations to a local councillor includes a reference to a donation made at the time the person was a candidate for election to Council.


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PO Box 314 Singleton NSW 2330
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