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Infrastructure and other developments like housing require approval from a council, a Regional Panel or the Minister for Planning. These types of developments range from house extensions to major port facilities, roads and industrial projects. Some other developments have such a minor impact, or can be carried out in compliance with accepted building or environmental standards, and do not need approval from a consent authority. Other activities that don’t need approval may still need approval from a government agency before they can be undertaken. 

Information related to development assessment can be found in the following six main areas:

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Geographic areas

Some areas of the State have unique qualities that need special development assessment provisions to ensure the level of assessment addresses those characteristics properly.

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Environmental matters

Environmental assessment policies and guidelines contain information about how important environmental matters are addressed during development assessment.
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Information on current and determined projects in the SSD and SSI systems can be viewed in the Major Projects Register. You can also lodge an application or comment on an application that is on exhibition. Read More
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An environmental assessment of the impacts of the development is needed for all types of development. The level of assessment varies according to the size, scale and location of the development.
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Each industry has particular characteristics that need specific policies and guidelines to help ensure the impacts and benefits are recognised and managed effectively. Read More