Infrastructure and other developments like housing require approval from a council, a Regional Panel, a Sydney planning 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: