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Lodging your Development Application

Online Submission of Development related Applications

The following list of development related applications and post consent certificates (where Council is the appointed Principal Certifier) must be, by law submitted online to Coffs Harbour City Council through the NSW Planning Portal.

Please Note: The applications listed above can therefore not be accepted in person at Council’s Customer Service Centre.

To submit an application through the NSW Planning Portal, you will need to register and verify your account. If you already have an account, simply login.

When submitting an application through the Portal you will be required to upload accompanying documents to support your application.

More information on the application process (including supporting documentation) can be found via the relevant links in the application list above.

A Duty Officer is available each business day from 8:30am to 1pm to answer general enquiries regarding the planning process, development proposals and the construction phase. The Duty Officer can be contacted on (02) 6648 4000 between these times.

Council’s Information Management Team are also available to assist for general Planning Portal enquiries or enquiries about Council’s application processes. You can contact the team via email team via email or phone (02) 6648 4632 during business hours.

We recommend that you use the NSW Planning Portal's Quick Reference Guides for initial guidance on using the Planning Portal.

For technical issues regarding the Planning Portal you should contact Service NSW’s Support Service.

Council’s Information Management Team are also available to assist for general Planning Portal enquiries or enquiries about Council’s application processes. You can contact the team via email or phone (02) 6648 4632 during business hours.

Pre-Lodgement vetting

Once you submit your application the application will be vetted to ensure that it meets the requirements for lodgement.

Section 50 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 specifies how a development application must be made. Schedule 1 to this section lists the information that an applicant must submit with their application before it can be accepted by Council.

For further assistance with preparing a development application please see the Preparing your Development Application page.

After your application has been checked and it has been decided that it is suitable for lodgement you will be required to pay the associated fees. The relevant fees are set out in Council's adopted Fees and Charges. The application is not taken to be lodged until such time as all required information has been supplied and required fees have been paid. 

Rejection of applications

​Please note that Council can reject applications under the provisions of Section 51 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 within 14 days after receiving it if:

  • the application is illegible or unclear as to the development consent sought, or
  • the application does not contain any information, or is not accompanied by any document, specified in Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Regulation, or
  • where the application is not accompanied by an environmental impact statement (when required to be), or
  • being an application for development requiring concurrence, the application fails to include the concurrence fees appropriate for each concurrence relevant to the development, or
  •  being an application for integrated development, the application fails:
    • to identify all of the approvals referred to in section 4.46 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 that are required to be obtained before the development may be carried out, or
    • to include the approval fees appropriate for each approval relevant to the development, or
    • to include the additional information required by this Regulation in relation to the development, or
  • being an application that is required under Part 7 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 to be accompanied by a biodiversity development assessment report, the application is not accompanied by such a report, or
  • being an application that is required under 221ZW of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 to be accompanied by a species impact statement, the application is not accompanied by such a statement.

An application is taken, for the purposes of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, to have never been made if it is rejected under this Section. 

Submitting additional information after your application has been accepted

Additional information for applications must be submitted through the NSW Planning Portal using the provide additional information function. 

For applications submitted in hard copy only, additional information can be emailed to coffs.council@chcc.nsw.gov.au. Please ensure that the email and attached information references the relevant application number (provided to you on lodgement of the application). For more information about providing additional information, please visit the Development Assessment Process page.