The Planning Act 2016 commenced on 3 July 2017, replacing the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 as well as all supplementary regulations and guidelines. The Act is seen as an evolution of the former Sustainable Planning Act 2009, building upon many of the foundational elements the community has come to know.
The Planning Act 2016 provides guidelines for both, development lodged and, approved under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.
For applications made prior to 3 July 2017, the provisions of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 will continue to apply to the assessment of the application, regardless of the commencement of the Planning Act 2016.
Approvals issued under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 will continue to have effect under the Planning Act 2016. Currency periods associated with these approvals will continue as set out under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.
For more information on the Planning Act 2016 and its impact on your application, please contact Council officers or alternatively view the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning's 'A snapshot of the Planning Act 2016'.