Wollongong City Council will launch an online system for builders, property owners, or architects that will make the process of handling development applications faster and easier.
Under the new Electronic Housing Code (EHC), people will be able to investigate whether their proposed development is eligible for exempt or complying development, without the need to visit Council. The EHC also enables people to prepare and lodge a complying development application online at any time.
Council is one of 65 councils participating in this state-wide initiative. The EHC will be available through Council’s website from 21 August.
Director Planning and Environment Andrew Carfield said: “This new system is designed primarily for local industry professionals such as project home builders, planners, developers and architects. But local community members will also be able to use the system.
“Anyone applying for a development will be able to go online and use the new system to see if it is a complying development or an exempt development under the NSW Housing Code.
“This will simplify our planning process and enable those people making an application to Council for complying development to lodge online, 24 hours a day any day of the week.”
The Electronic Housing Code system will be available through Council’s website. Customers will be provided with a Complying Development Report which will provide information on the complying development and those standards the development should adhere to under the NSW Housing Code and other conditions such as Bush Fire Protection or flood hazards.
All people considering a development proposal can use the site to see if there are restrictions or conditions on their property and to see if the proposed development is an exempt or complying development under the NSW Housing Code.