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Pre-application advice

Council offers pre-application advice for development applications.  Use our free services to identify the:

  • type of approval(s) needed for your proposal
  • supporting documents and specialist reports required
  • Heritage considerations
  • Developer contributions
  • Public infrastructure commitments
  • requirements for larger scale developments.

Talk to a Duty Planner or Surveyor

Its a great idea to discuss your development proposal with us before you lodge an application. Speaking to a Duty Planner or Surveyor can save you time and money so you know you are submitting an assessment ready application. Staff can walk you through the application process, supporting documents required and the fees payable.

Monday to Thursday 8:30am - 1:00pm
Port Macquarie Customer Service Centre

No appointment required. If you prefer a phone consultation call us on 02 6581 8111 and an operator will transfer you to a Planner or Surveyor. 

Request a pre-lodgement meeting

For larger-scale developments and planning proposals / re-zonings book a meeting with our public infrastructure, engineering and planning staff for advice on the water, sewer, traffic and planning requirements associated with your proposal. Pre-lodgement meetings allow issues to be identified early in the process to determine the feasibility of a development and to understand the design and supporting report requirements.  Bookings are essential and meetings are held weekly on Tuesday's. 

Heritage advice

In partnership with the Office of Environment and Heritage Council offers a heritage advisory service. We provide free technical advice on:

  • conservation
  • renovation and repairs
  • colour schemes
  • urban design and planning matters. 

Consultations are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.  Bookings are essential and can be requested by phone (02) 6581 8111 or email dev.enquiries@pmhc.nsw.gov.au. Make an appointment with our Heritage Advisor in the early stages of your planning to avoid making costly mistakes or going to unnecessary expense.

This page was last updated on: 05 February 2021