State of Emergency Development Approval Exemptions have ended

A Notice of Exemption was issued by the Minister for Planning in April 2020, which was later superseded by a notice issued on 4 March 2022. On 4 November 2022 the State of Emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic ended. Several exemptions under the Notice of Exemption have now either expired or will expire by 2 February 2023.

The exemptions removed barriers within the planning system to ensure flexible and speedy responses to the changing crisis environment, to support business and guarantee the provision of essential community services. Where activities and businesses have been operating under these exemptions formal approval may now be required to continue.  Alternatively theses activities must cease. 

If you are not sure whether your business is exempt from the requirement to obtain development approval, please contact the City’s Statutory Planning team using our online enquiry form. For full details of what was exempt click here.


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