City of Hobart Officers undertake an initial assessment of the application to see if enough information has been supplied to make a well-informed decision.
We may also refer your application to other areas within the City, including Development Engineering, Environmental Planning, Heritage, Environmental Health, Stormwater, Road and Mobility.
Once these areas have completed their initial assessment we will determine whether further information is required to advise and/or assess your application.
Further information may be required
If we need more information, the Planning Officer will send the request for further information as soon as possible. The Planning Officers have up to 21 days to request further information for a discretionary application and 14 days for a permitted application.
The application is then put on hold until this information is received.
Not all applications are required to be advertised, but if required (these are called discretionary applications), the application will be advertised for 14 days.
These discretionary applications are made public:
- within the Public Notice section of The Mercury on weekdays
- on the City of Hobart website
- on all frontages of the property
- in writing to all adjoining neighbours.
The plans and documentation relating to an advertised application can be viewed on the Development Portal and are also made available to you at the Hobart Council Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.
A written submission in support or in opposition to an advertised (discretionary) planning application is called a representation.
A representation must be in writing and should state the reasons why they support or object to the application.
More information is available on the representations page.
All representations received are considered by the Planning Officer in their assessment.
A comprehensive assessment of the development application is undertaken by the Planning Officer.
In assessing the application, they will take into account:
- the relevant sections of the planning scheme
- representations received during the advertised period
- comments or suggested conditions from areas (both internally and externally) that were referred the application.
The Planning Officer will then prepare a report with a recommendation for approval with conditions or refusal.
The report with the recommendation for approval with conditions or refusal is forwarded for authorisation, depending on delegation, to either the:
- Senior Statutory Planner
- City Planning Committee.
Some applications will be determined by the Council after receiving a recommendation from the City Planning Committee.
A permit containing conditions of approval or reasons for refusal is forwarded to the applicant (and any representors) within 7 days of a decision being made.