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At the end of the assessment process, a decision is granted or refused by a relevant authority.
Once a decision has been made, you’ll receive a decision notification form (DNF).
Planning consent decision notification form
Specific notes or conditions may be included on the DNF to ensure that any minor outstanding items are addressed before full development approval is granted.
Notes or conditions may be included to impose on-going requirements that apply for the life of the development.
Lodging an appeal of a decision
If you disagree with a decision about a development you may be able to lodge an appeal against that decision. Your appeal will be dealt with through the Environment, Resources and Development (ERD) Court.
To lodge an appeal you need to:
- fill in a notice of appeal form
- attach a copy of the decision you are appealing against
- send the documentation to the Environment, Resources and Development (ERD) Court
- pay the court fee.
You can find more information about lodging appeals on the Courts Administration Authority website.
The role of the Environment, Resources and Development Court
The ERD Court deals with a range of planning, heritage, building and environmental matters.
One of its roles is to decide on appeals lodged by applicants dissatisfied with a development application decision by a council or the State Commission Assessment Panel.
An appeal can relate to:
- a refusal
- an approval/consent
- a condition of approval/consent.
The court also deals with breaches of planning laws, such as when development is undertaken without approval or if work is carried out that is not in the conditions of approval.
When a breach of law occurs, the council or the State Commission Assessment Panel may request the court to order a person to stop work and remedy the situation, or to prosecute the person.
Who can appeal
The ability to lodge an appeal may vary depending on a development application’s category or classification.
|Assessment category||Who can appeal|
|Accepted/Code Assessed – Performance Assessed|
|Impact Assessed - Code Restricted|
|Impact Assessed by the Minister|