Planning is about regulating the use and development of land and resources to meet the future needs of the community.
Planning is vital for the orderly development of housing, business and community services into areas best suited for them. It involves both control of existing and new development, and 'strategic planning' to ensure our resources are carefully managed to match our future needs and expectations. Planning is a dynamic process that is constantly evolving in response to changes within the community.
You can now submit a Planning Appointment request through our Online Planning Appointment Form.
As of the 1st July 2012 Council will only accept documents associated with a planning application (DA) in electronic form. Details of the lodgement requirements for electronic documents can be found in the top right of this page.
Due to ongoing technical issues with two of the modules contained within the ePlanning Portal it has been necessary to withdraw these modules from the web page. As at the 18th June 2012 you will not be able to access either the Property Enquiry or Pre-lodgement Enquiry and Application Lodgement Modules. You will still be able to access the Application Tracking Module and find the status of an application that has been lodged or find out what applications have been lodged in your area.
Council is working toward developing a new enquiry module that will incorporate the Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme and a simple, intuitive on line lodgement service. In the interim if you wish to lodge an application without coming to the Council's customer service centre all documents (in pdf form) can be sent to email@example.com Payment of the fees can be paid by phoning (03) 6238 2780. Further details on lodgement requirement by email are contained on the Guidelines and Help page.
To go directly to the ePlanning Portal to track any application click here.
Compliance with Hobart Planning Schemes
Hobart is governed by three planning schemes - the City of Hobart Planning Scheme, Sullivans Cove Planning Scheme and the Battery Point Planning Scheme. Assessment of application under these schemes is governed by the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993.
Some of the issues include:
- Use: What is the current use of the property? A 'house' is an acceptable use in most zones. Many commercial uses, however, are not permitted in residential zones.
- Density: Density is determined by assessing floor area in relation to land area.
- Height: Depending on your location there will be a maximum height requirements applied to your proposal.
- Siting: Your proposal will be assessed in relation to both height and distance from boundaries.
- Access and Parking: Most proposals will have a requirement for parking and access, which relates to the use of the property.
- Heritage: If your property is heritage listed, is in a heritage area, is adjacent to or opposite a heritage listed property your proposal will be considered in relation to the impact on the heritage values of the listed property or area.
- Bushland Management: If your property is located in or adjacent to bushland area, a zone where bushland habitat is present, your proposal will be considered in relation to vegetation, fauna, water quality and bushfire issues.
- Signs: An application is required when a new sign is to be erected or when an existing sign type is replaced. If the face of the sign is changing and dimensions and other features remain unaltered. Council may not require a planning application. To clarify questions relating to signs, advice can be sought by phoning (03) 6238 2715.
Early consultation with Council Officers will help to ensure that all factors are considered as part of the project design, and relevant issues are identified and considered at an early stage of the proposal.
Dependant on the type of work that is proposed, up to four permits may be required. These are required to be obtained in the following order (if applicable):
- Planning Permit
- Works Permit from the Tasmanian Heritage Council
- Plumbing Permit
- Building Permit (prior to the issue of a building permit, an applicant will need to engage a building surveyor to prepare appropriate documentation, which must then be submitted to Council for administrative purposes)
In many circumstances a building and plumbing application will form part of your development application, however, separate regulations exist which define the work that will require a building and plumbing permit.
The best way to find out is to bring a sketch plan of your proposal into the Hobart Council Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, and talk to the following people:
- Planning Information Officer - (03) 6238 2715
For building enquiries, please contact a building surveyor. For enquiries about building permits lodged with Council, please contact the building permit co-ordinator on (03) 6238 2946.
The Council employs Cultural Heritage Officers whose roles includes:
- advice to Council and public regarding Hobart's cultural heritage
- assistance in assessing planning applications with heritage implications
- promoting public awareness of the City's cultural heritage
- undertaking research projects.