I’m starting a little series about town planning.
The what, the how, the how long etc.

Today we will start with some common terms.

Advertising:
Community Consultation, this may take the form of letters to your immediate neighbours or the placing of a sign at the front of your property.
This usually costs a couple of hundred dollars. The total amount depends on how many neighbours you have.

Applicant:
this can be the landowner (you) or a professional authorised to act on your behalf, eg. your Designer (Us) or a private town planner.

Notice of Decision:
This is not a permit but rather a letter that is sent to both the applicant and any parties who have made an official objection to the planning permit, notifying all parties of Councils decision whether to grant the permit or not.

Municipality:
AKA Council or Local Authority


Planner/ Town Planner:
 
AKA Assessing Officer, is The Town planning officer who has been assigned to assess your application. No other officer will be assigned to your application unless there are extenuating circumstances. 

RFI:
Request for Information letter from the Planner
An RFI can often look quite extreme. They can be quite long and ask for a lot of additional information. Please keep in mind, these are often generic letters. And in many instances a lot of the information they ask for will already be on the plans. More on that in a later post.

Stamped Plans:
a term for a set of plans which have been endorsed (stamped) by council which form part of the planning permit also called Condition 1 plans.

Town Planning Department:

This is the usual name for the council department that assesses town planning permit applications. However some municipalities have given this department a different name (eg: statutory planning department, urban planning department)

Planning Trigger:
this is a broader name given to any section or requirement under the Overlays, Zoning  or their associated schedules that may cause your development to need a Town Planning Permit.

Are there any other terms you have heard in the past that you didn’t quite understand? 

In our next post I will talk about “how long it will take to get a Town Planning Permit?”