Responding to applications
- To comment on major project applications, visit the NSW Department of Planning and Environment's website. These are developments that are considered to be of State or regional significance. They are often large scale developments, and include developments that have the potential to have significant impacts on the environment. The public can submit comments to the Department of Planning and Environment. To read more about the assessment of major projects, see our Fact Sheet on State significant development and infrastructure.
- To comment on development applications that are notified in your local area, visit your local council’s website – DAs are often notified in a local newspaper and on the council’s website. Note that public comment is not invited for all developments assessed by the local council, and some types of development do not require public notification or involvement. For more information on development assessment processes, see our Fact Sheet on DAs and consents.
- To comment on applications for environment protection licences, visit the EPA’s website. The EPA must consider the public’s comments in deciding whether to grant a licence. This includes any public submissions made under a development assessment process. Certain polluting activities require a licence from the EPA. This can include pollution of water or land by industrial chemicals, such as chemical production and storage activities. The EPA is required to keep a public register of all declared chemical wastes and chemical control orders and all environment protection licences and environmentally hazardous chemical licences. For more information on environment protection licences, see our Fact Sheet on air, water and noise pollution.
- To comment on applications to vary environment protection licences, visit the EPA’s website. You can also comment on existing licences at any time. Licences are required to be reviewed by the EPA or other responsible authority at least every five years. You can write to the EPA and request a statement of reasons explaining why the EPA granted or refused an environment protection licence application. This includes applications for transfers or variations.
- You can comment on applications licences to use environmentally hazardous chemicals subject to a chemical control order. The EPA may publish applications in the NSW Government Gazette, which is published every Friday at 2pm.
- You can comment on applications to transfer a licence to use environmentally hazardous chemicals subject to a chemical control order. The EPA may publish applications in the NSW Government Gazette, which is published every Friday at 2pm.
Notifications about opportunities to comment on proposals are often required to be published. The NSW Government is required to publish notices for some proposals in a locally circulating newspaper, and sometimes a newspaper that circulates throughout NSW (often The Land). You can keep an eye on the papers to make sure that you don’t miss an opportunity to comment.