Welcome to Lockhart Shire Council’s Building and Development Section
The NSW State Government has introduced changes that now require all Development, Construction Certificate and Section 68 Applications (e.g. transportable dwellings & septic systems) to be lodged via the NSW Government’s Planning Portal, these include:
Please be aware that separate applications are to be lodged for each certificate via the Planning Portal.
The NSW Planning Portal is an online platform where community, industry and government can work together to provide a digital experience that supports effective planning and decision making under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
CREATING AN ACCOUNT THROUGH THE NSW PLANNING PORTAL
For information on how to register for a Planning Portal account, Quick reference Guides, fact sheets and other resources visit: https://pp.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/applicant-resources
Still not sure? Council’s can assist with your application if you do not have electronic equipment or internet, please contact our office on 6920 5305 to make an appointment with our planning staff.
If you are planning any major building works, including for a retail outlet, swimming pool, subdivision or dwelling, you will require development consent from Council. To gain consent, you will be required to lodge a development application (DA) through the Planning Portal.
The Development Application process in NSW can be tricky and overwhelming, so the NSW Department of Planning and Environment have provided a guide to assist you.
Once you have submitted a development application through the Planning Portal, payment of fees will apply.
The cost of fees is determined by a number of variables, including the estimated cost of development, and the type of development (construction, subdivision etc.).
Council will send a formal schedule of fees that will be applicable to your development.
Fees can be paid either at the Council Office during business hours, or by direct deposit (please contact Council for banking details).
LONG SERVICE LEVY
The new Levy portal – A better way to pay your Long Service Levy
As part of the ongoing commitment to improving our customer experience the Long Service Corporation has introduced a new online Building Levy portal, to make it easier to manage your long service levy payments and transactions. You will be able to:
With more ways to pay:
The New South Wales Parliament applies a levy on building and construction work costing $25,000 and above (inclusive of GST) in New South Wales. The levy is paid into a fund administered by the Long Service Corporation, and from this fund, the Corporation makes long service payments to building and construction workers.
The current levy rate is 0.35 % of the value of building and construction works costing $25,000 or more (inclusive of GST), and can be paid along with your development application fees at the time of submission.
DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTIONS PLAN 2020
On 17 August 2020 Council adopted the Lockhart Shire Development Contributions Plan 2020. Formulated under Section 7.12 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, the Plan enables Council to charge a levy on developments as a means of funding improvements to local infrastructure and services. This new Plan replaces the previous Plan which was adopted in 2015.
It is highly recommended that, prior to lodging your development application, you book an appointment with Council’s Planning & Environment team.
Pre-lodgement appointments are a great way to go through your application with Council’s staff, and can speed up the application process by ensuring that all supporting information is supplied together at the time of lodgement.
To book a pre-lodgement meeting, contact Council’s Planning & Environment team during normal business hours on (02) 6920 5305.