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 developments likely to impact on matters of national environmental significance, such as threatened species or World Heritage areas, visit the Australian Government’s EPBC Act website. For more information about how the environment and heritage is protected under national laws, see our Fact Sheet on the EPBC Act and Commonwealth heritage protection.
- 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 see if you can speak at a council meeting, contact your local council. If you have made a submission on a proposed development, you may have a chance to have your say at the council meeting where the development is being considered. For more information about speaking at a council meeting, see How can I have my say?.
- To see if there are any opportunities to appear at a public meeting or public hearing on a particular development application, visit the website of the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) website or Joint Regional Planning Panels (JRPP). For more information about speaking at public meetings and hearings, see How can I have my say?.
- To comment on applications for environment protection licences, visit the EPA website. Many types of development require environment protection licences. The EPA must consider these comments in deciding whether to grant a licence. This includes any public submissions made under the development assessment process.
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.