The process for obtaining Development Approval will vary according to the type of development proposed, but an application must be lodged every time a development is undertaken. The processes for making development applications and assessing those applications are laid out in the Development Act 1993 (Sections 32-56A) and Development Regulations.
'development' is defined in the Development Act as:
An application for development approval must be made using a standard official form, lodged with the relevant authority. Most development applications are received and assessed by the local council. The local council then acts as a 'one stop shop', sending out to relevant agencies for specialist comments on the proposal. Some specific kinds of development application are determined by an independent Development Assessment Commission (DAC), where they are not covered by a local council area. Since July 2001, local councils have been required to establish Development Assessment Panels (DAPs) in order to increase the impartiality and certainty of development assessment decisions. Feedback and comments from the relevent agencies are then considered by the commission /panel and assessed.
The following chart provides an overview of the phases of a typical irrigated development approval process. There are three key steps:
Each phase is explained in more detailed charts.
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