Planning applications are moving online to the NSW Planning Portal


The NSW Government is making the planning system easier to use with the introduction of the online NSW Planning Portal.


The Portal is to be a single place to go for planning and development, it is simpler, faster and more transparent for everyone.

The Portal can be used to lodge and process Development Applications (DA’s) including modifications, Complying Development Certificate Applications (CDC’s) and for certificates under Part 6 of the EP&A Act.

Council is able to review applications, request advice from state agencies, share information and let applicants know when a decision has been made in real time without delays.

Anyone wishing to lodge a Development Application (DA) or request a Complying Development Certificate (CDC) or Construction Certificate (CC) will need to establish their own account on the NSW planning portal.

In addition to lodging DA’s and CDC’s, the Portal provides basic planning information on properties via its spatial viewer (such as the zoning and minimum lot size that applies to your property) along with an application tracker which allows you to see the progress of planning and development applications with Hilltops Council in real time.

From 1 July 2021, it will be mandatory that the NSW Planning Portal is used to lodge Development Applications (DA), Construction Certificates (CC) and Complying Development Applications (CDC).

How to access the NSW Planning Portal

Register for a NSW Planning Portal account to start your application and receive a single secure login.

This will enable you to access your dashboard, view, manage, track and progress applications, pay state agency fees and submit documents. You will also receive email notifications at key stages of the application process.