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Planning Certificates

What is a Planning Certificate?

Planning Certificates are issued under section 10.7 (formerly section 149) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The matters which must be contained in the Planning Certificate are specified in Schedule 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

*A planning certificate contains information correct on the day of issue as planning controls may change at any time.

Why do I need a Planning Certificate?

When land is bought or sold, legislation requires a Planning Certificate to be attached to the contract of sale. Another reason is to help an existing owner decide about the uses of their land.

There are two different Planning Certificates available:

  • Section 10.7(2) Planning Certificate provides specific information and is a mandatory inclusion in a contract for the sale of land.
  • Section 10.7(2) and (5) Planning Certificate provides the same specific information as Section 10.7(2) plus such other information concerning the land that Council may be aware of. The extra information is provided in good faith, and the Council does not incur any liability for information provided.

*It is your responsibility to check that you have accurately identified the land you are requesting a certificate on.

What is the fee?

Council charges a fee for the provision of Planning Certificates. Council's current fees are:

  • $53 for a Section 10.7(2) Planning Certificate
  • $133 for a Section 10.7(2) and (5) Planning Certificate

How long does it take?

Planning Certificates are normally issued within five business days after receipt of the application.

Who can apply?

Any person can apply for a Planning Certificate.

How do I apply?

Complete the Planning Certificate Application that can be found on our A-Z forms page which can be emailed to:

plancert@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Or

posted with a cheque to:

Port Stephens Council
PO Box 42
Raymond Terrace NSW 2324

Or

Visit Councils Customer Service Desk at the Administration Building: 116 Adelaide Street, Raymond Terrace and pay over the counter during office hours.

Contact Details

Strategic Planning Team
Phone: (02) 4980 0326
plancert@portstephens.nsw.gov.au