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NSW Planning Portal Lodgement

From the 1 July 2021 Hilltops Council will only be accepting new Development Applications and associated applications through the NSW Planning Portal.

Taking the process online will provide the community consistency and convenience with a ‘one stop shop’ that will be available anywhere and in real time and providing transparency every step of the way. Applicants will receive notifications during the assessment process to keep them in the loop from start to finish. Applications lodged with Council can be tracked using the online NSW Planning Portal Tracker:

Electronic lodgements of the following applications are to be made through the NSW Planning Portal from the 1 July 2021:

The NSW Planning Portal provides an electronic form for the applications above. Council forms are no longer required. Council has developed a Factsheet  Submitting an Application and Application-Lodgement to assist applicants. See below. 

E-Planning Online Lodgement Checklist

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To submit an application via the NSW Planning Portal, you will need to log in or create an account. Go to the My Account page to get started.

A Statement of Environmental Effects is required to be uploaded to the NSW Planning Portal for all Development Applications. Applications should also be accompanied by the relevant documentation outlined in Schedule 1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. To learn more about the necessary documentation and plans to be submitted head to Hilltops Council – Development Application Resources.

Council understand lodging through the NSW Planning Portal, applicants will need access to computers and scanning equipment to enable them to electronically lodge their Development Applications. Council has available computers and scanning equipment (up to A3) located at all Council libraries or alternatively you can attend a Service NSW office.

If you are experiencing a problem with the NSW Planning Portal, please refer to the NSW Planning Portal Quick Reference Guides for help. Alternatively, you can contact Service NSW for assistance on 1300 305 695.

The NSW Planning Portal does not currently support the lodgement of following applications:

Property Information Enquiry

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Food Premises Registration Form

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Public Health Registration

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However, this may change as the NSW Planning Portal is updated. The above application forms can be found at Hilltops Council – Hilltops Council forms. These applications may be lodged by emailing or in person at the Council administration offices.

Please note that Council can accept applications in PDF and MS Word format only.