How is the Planning Application processed?

Once a planning application is received, it must be assessed against the planning scheme requirements and for compliance with relevant State Government policies.


Prospective applicants are encouraged to seek pre-application advice from a City of Hobart planning officer, and to discuss their proposal with neighbouring property owners and occupiers. 


The first step is usually for a City of Hobart planning officer to examine the plans and conduct a site assessment, checking the plan details and the likely impact of the proposal on the street and adjoining properties.

A development engineer will check details relating to vehicle access, services and parking and traffic impacts.

Depending on the type of development proposed, an environmental health officer will check issues such as site drainage, waste disposal and any licensing requirements. They will also make sure that it meets the requirements of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).

If the proposed development had to be advertised, we must also consider any representations received.


Once all the assessments are completed, a report on the development goes to either a senior officer or committee (if they have the delegated authority to do so) or the Council for a decision.

The City of Hobart’s Director of City Planning, the Manager of Planning Policy and Heritage, the Senior Statutory Planner and Manager Development Appraisal have delegated authority to:

  • approve permitted applications

  • approve discretionary applications where not more than two statutory objections have been received (unless the applicant is an Alderman or employee of the City of Hobart)

  • approve minor amendments to permits previously granted

  • refuse applications specifically prohibited under the relevant planning scheme

  • approve subdivisions that result in a minor boundary adjustment or the creation of only one lot.

The City Planning Committee has four members. The committee considers and recommends to Council to approve/refuse applications:

  • not delegated to the Director of City Planning, Senior Statutory Planner, Manager of Development Appraisal or Manager of Planning Policy and Heritage, for which not more than three statutory objections have been received

  • within a heritage area or involving a heritage building and upon which the National Trust has made an objection.

In addition to the above applications, the Council reserves the power to determine the following classes of applications made under Sections 57 and 58 of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 (external website):

  • building developments exceeding 2000 metres in floor area or 3 storeys in height

  • applications with 3 or more objections (including a petition or letter with 4 or more signatories)

  • applications in which the City of Hobart is the applicant

  • applications in which the recommendation/resolution of a Council Committee or Council Advisory Committee is one that overturns an officer recommendation

  • applications in which the development is on Council land

  • applications in which the City of Hobart is being requested to make or take a financial contribution to the development

  • any application for a subdivision, excluding those kinds of subdivisions delegated to the Director of City Planning, Senior Statutory Planner, Manager of Development Appraisal or Manager of Planning Policy and Heritage. 

In addition to those listed delegations and according to Section 6 (5) of the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993, any time before the advertised period expires, an Alderman may request any application for a planning permit be referred to the City Planning Committee for consideration.

View a brief overview of the development application process(PDF, 73KB).