About the Planning Application Process

Sorell is in the top three fastest growing Municipal areas in Tasmania, so development information is very important for the people living and wanting to invest in the region. Council provides an integrated planning and development service which deals with the way any land within the Municipality may be used and developed. We manage a variety of issues relating to town and regional planning, heritage, urban design and environment. Council aims to provide for fair, orderly and sustainable use and development within the Municipality.

Planning affects all residents and property owners in relation to developing and using a property and Council as the Planning Authority administers this through the Sorell Interim Planning Scheme 2015. In Tasmania, the development and use of land falls into one of four categories:

1. Permitted – Council must approve the development but it can impose such conditions it deems necessary having regard to the matters Council may take into consideration (e.g. the Scheme).

2. Discretionary – Council may approve or refuse (with reasons) the application and with any approval it may impose such conditions it deems necessary having regard to the matters Council may take into consideration (e.g. the Scheme).

3. Prohibited – Council shall refuse the application.

4. Permitted as of right – No planning permit is required.

‘Permitted’ Planning Applications do not require any public advertising. ‘Discretionary’ Planning Applications require a 2 week advertising period and are advertised in the Local Government Section of The Mercury either on a Wednesday and/or Saturday.

A site notice is also placed on the land and letters are sent to adjoining property owners. Any resident or property owner also has the right of input into Council’s deliberations by making representation when a development is advertised. Currently advertised applications can be viewed at the bottom of the page.

If you do not agree with a decision which Council issues in relation to a Discretionary Planning Permit you can lodge an appeal with the Resource Management and Planning Tribunal. If Council imposes conditions on a Permitted or a Discretionary Planning Permit which the applicant does not agree with, or refuses an application, there is also a right of appeal to the Resource Management and Planning Tribunal.

Obtaining Planning Permission

If you intend to construct, alter, demolish, relocate, subdivide or display signs then you will need to ensure that your proposal meets the requirements of the Planning Scheme. Check with our Planning Officers to see if you need to lodge a Planning Application. Unauthorised development, use or building without the required consent may result in legal action and associated costs.

The main local planning control for the municipality is the Sorell Interim Planning Scheme 2015.

You can view a copy of the Planning Scheme on the Tasmanian Planning Commission’s iPlan website – http://www.iplan.tas.gov.au/pages/plan/book.aspx?exhibit=sorips.

The regulations contained within it are designed to keep the development of Sorell’s coastal, industrial, commercial, residential, rural and public use areas balanced and in a sustainable manner.

The Planning Scheme meets the legislative requirements of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (the Act). The Act ensures that the responsibility for resource management and planning is shared in Tasmania, between different spheres of government, industry and the community.

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