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Anyone considering building or renovating will welcome the new online planning tools available 24/7 on the Upper Hunter Shire Council website.

The tools developed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (NSW DPE) mean faster, easier planning approvals for builders, planners, developers and local residents. The new tools include the Electronic Housing Code (EHC), Interactive Buildings, Planning Viewer and Application Tracking.

A public briefing on the new planning tools was held at the Council’s Scone Administration Centre last week which included a presentation from a representative of the NSW DPE.

Council’s Director Environmental and Customer Services Mat Pringle said the feedback from industry professionals was very positive. “They could see the potential to provide electronic documentation easily and quickly at any time via the website,” Mr Pringle said.

“I think residents will be even more excited to see how they can explore their dream plans in their own time.”

The Electronic Housing Code (EHC)
Investigate, prepare, lodge and track your complying development application online.  You are also able to investigate projects that require no planning approval, called ‘exempt development’.

Interactive Buildings
Use interactive models of residential, commercial and industrial buildings to see what changes you can make to a property without the need for any approval.

Planning Viewer
A map based tool which provides a visual way to show the planning rules that apply to individual properties across NSW.

Application Tracking
Check the status of your application for building or development using our detailed tracking system.

The tools can be found on Council’s website by clicking ‘Go to Planning Tools’.

Everyone is encouraged to explore the planning tools and find out more about what developments may be possible on your property, or a property you are interested in.

Other benefits of the online planning tools:

  • DA’s since 2005 are recorded and available.
  • Users can print out a property specific report to keep for future reference.
  • There is no record of your enquiries unless you choose to submit one.
  • Search for land zoning and other important land attributes.
  • Save time and money by accessing the information and resources you’ll need to make informed decisions before developing or purchasing a property.


Photo: Discussing the new online planning tools were Lisa Roberts from the Department of Planning and Environment in Tamworth, Lisa Casey from the Upper Hunter Shire Council Environmental and Customer Services Department and David Casson, a town planner with MM Hyndes Bailey & Co, Muswellbrook.