July 2021 Portal Updates

The second phase of the move toward digital lodgement of applications will commence on 1 July 2021. Phase 2 will include mandatory lodgement of occupation certificate applications, certifier appointments, subdivision certificates, subdivision works certificates (previously known as Civil Works Construction Certificates) and building certificates.

The occupation certificate applications and certifier appointment can be made via the Portal anytime after CC or CDC is submitted and prior to the occupation certificate inspection.

What will it mean for me?

From 1 July 2021, these additional application types are required to be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal. For this to occur, applicants will need to register for an account with the NSW Planning Portal. Council will continue to have staff available to discuss proposals with customers and to provide assistance with the lodgement of applications.

Council has also developed information to assist you with the process of lodging applications. It can be found at the Yoursay Project Page https://yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/eplanning. This page will be updated regularly as more information is being clarified.

Will I have to change how I do business?

The lodgement of applications through the Planning Portal is not expected to be a significant change to your normal business practices. The greatest changes are likely to be:

• Lodging applications digitally via the Planning Portal at any time,

• No paper copies of documents or plans required for lodgement,

• Naming the files and allocating them to a category within the Planning Portal, and

• A greater number of documents to be lodged with your application.

The Planning Portal requires a number of mandatory documents to be submitted with your application at a minimum. Council has developed standard templates to assist you, and they are available from the Yoursay Project Page, https://yoursay.bathurst.nsw.gov.au/eplanning

How do I pay fees?

Council will provide you with a Fee Estimate and this can be paid either in person, or by phone. Details are on the Fee Estimate.