Other Applications

Some types of Development (Planning) Applications, such as those for alterations and additions, previously unapproved works/land usage, and time extensions, are relevant to both residential and commercial developments. These are discussed as follows;

Alterations and Additions

Development approval is often required for alterations and/or additions to existing development on-site depending on the nature of the proposal and relevant planning framework. Common alterations and/or additions include home renovations, commercial ‘fit-outs’, new outbuildings, and site works.

Planning applications for renovations
Retrospective planning applications

Retrospective (for unapproved works and land uses)

Unapproved works and land uses can occur where one is unaware of planning requirements and the need to obtain development approval for certain developments in certain contexts. While this is particularly common in respect to alterations and additions, unapproved developments can take on a vast range of forms.

Where unapproved works and/or land uses are discovered in relation to any property, it is typical for the local authority to issue an order requiring such works and/or land use to be dismantled and/or cease within a limited period of time, or be subject to penalties. However, the option to apply for retrospective planning approval is often granted so that such works and/or land use can remain. This often requires some form of modification to address current planning and building requirements.

Retrospective (for unapproved works and land uses)

Unapproved works and land uses can occur where one is unaware of planning requirements and the need to obtain development approval for certain developments in certain contexts. While this is particularly common in respect to alterations and additions, unapproved developments can take on a vast range of forms.

Where unapproved works and/or land uses are discovered in relation to any property, it is typical for the local authority to issue an order requiring such works and/or land use to be dismantled and/or cease within a limited period of time, or be subject to penalties. However, the option to apply for retrospective planning approval is often granted so that such works and/or land use can remain. This often requires some form of modification to address current planning and building requirements.

Retrospective planning applications

Time Extensions

Development approvals typically require the proposed development to be carried out to a certain extent within a specified timeframe of it being issued. If this does not occur, then a new Development approval is required. Where insufficient development has been carried out, there is typically the option to lodge an application for a time extension prior to the deadline. If the time extension request be approved, additional time is granted to carry out the proposed development.

Time extensions for planning applications