Notice of a planning application (advertising) occurs unless the council is satisfied that granting a permit won’t cause material detriment to any person, or the planning scheme states that notice isn’t required.

Council determines what notice should be given. They will let the applicant know which notice method is required, and explain what you need to do.

Notice of an application might be given via:

  • letters mailed to the owners and occupiers of adjoining / nearby properties (some councils require letters to be sent to owners and occupiers by registered post and others provide a mail-out service for permit applicants)
  • sign(s) erected on the land subject to the application
  • notice(s) in local newspapers
  • notice to adjoining municipalities and / or government authorities / organisations or utilities.

The notice will include:

  • the address of the land subject to the application
  • the permit applicant's name
  • council's reference number for the application
  • what the application is for
  • where the application and plans can be inspected
  • the address for lodging objections (submissions)
  • the date objections (submissions) need to be lodged before (at least 14 days after the date the last notice was given).

Through this process, neighbours are informed about a proposal and invited to inspect the plans. If you didn’t receive a formal notice about a proposal you can still make a submission, but council's planning department must receive it before council makes a decision about the application.