Town planning advice
From 30 March 2020, face to face meetings with the Duty Planning Officer are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. For the same reason, pre-lodgement meetings will be conducted by teleconference.
Whether renovating your kitchen or building a block of units, town planning can be a complex issue. Hornsby Shire Council’s staff are here to help.
There is a wide range of information available on Hornsby Shire Council’s website, providing answers on many aspects of town planning, including:
There is also a lot of relevant information on the NSW Department of Planning website.
Phone Council’s Customer Service Team on 9847 6760 between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm daily.
From 30 March 2020, Council is temporarily suspending face to face meetings with the Duty Planning officer. Telephone enquiries will continue to be available between the hours of 8.30am -1pm and 2pm-4.30pm daily to provide general town planning and engineering advice.
A pre-lodgement meeting gives you feedback from Council on the technical and merit aspects of a development proposal. Staff will look at your plans and documents, then give you advice on the best way forward.
These meetings are encouraged by Council because:
- it's the best way to deal with complex or site-specific issues;
- it's an opportunity for Council to advise the applicant of strategic objectives for the development of the area;
- it allows for any potential issues to be dealt with prior to the formal lodgement of a DA;
- it helps the applicant resolve any issues prior to lodging an application;
- it may assist in reducing the assessment time of the DA.
Where possible Council officers will suggest alternative and acceptable solutions for the applicant to consider.
A pre-lodgement meeting is for discussion and clarification purposes only and may not identify all possible issues. It is not intended to pre-empt a final decision in relation to a development application.
Additional pre-lodgement meetings may be required at a later time, if considered necessary. This usually occurs with large, complex proposals and allows additional or revised information and documentation to be reviewed prior to submission of the DA.
There is a fee of $434.50 for a pre-lodgement meeting. Click here to submit a Pre-Lodgement Meeting Request
Please note: Due to the ongoing health concerns surrounding COVID-19, pre-lodgement meetings will be conducted by teleconference.
If you require more detailed planning information you can write to Council and request a response in writing. Council will give you detailed information in respect to issues such as dwelling entitlement, historic or current development application information, etc.
The request must be clear and to the point. Within 21 days of receiving your request, the information will be researched and a letter of reply mailed to your address.
There is a fee of $189.50. Click here to submit a Written Advice Request.
Please note that Council cannot guarantee that the requested information is available. If your search is unsuccessful the application fee is non-refundable.