Outcomes of the Determination (Approval or Refusal)
When our assessment is complete, the application is determined. If it complies with Council's Codes and Policies and we have resolved any issues raised by neighbours or other persons, in most cases the Development Assessment Officer can approve the application.
If a proposal does not comply with Council's Codes and Policies, or if a neighbour's concerns cannot be resolved to everyone's satisfaction, it may be necessary for the application to be referred to the Ward Councillors for their concurrence or it can be reported to a Council meeting for determination.
At the Council meeting both the applicant and any neighbours who wish to, may address the Council with their reasons as to why the application should be approved or refused. Council's decision on the application will always be made with fair and appropriate consideration given to all parties.
The letter of determination is prepared along with any conditions of approval or reasons for refusal, the plans are stamped and we send the applicant and any persons who made submissions a letter advising of the decision.
If the proposal is approved we will also advise the applicant of any costs, such as footpath damage deposits, that are required to be paid before the development is commenced or a Construction Certificate is issued.
For information on whether you can appeal a decision by Council refer to Council's Fact Sheet: Appeals (213KB)
Modifying an Existing Development Consent (Section 96 Applications)
To modify a development that has already been approved you need to apply to Council for approval of your intended changes before you make the changes.
Please note that you can only apply in this way for relatively minor changes to the development.
For major changes you may need to lodge a new Development Application.
Click here for an Application Form to Modify a Development Consent (43KB)