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How does Priority Paid work

Priority Paid is a four step process

  1. Council provides a list of town planning consultants who have been approved to certify your Priority Paid application. You employ the services of one of the approved Certifying Consultants, who will assist in ensuring you have all of the required documentation, including plans, Council internal referral responses, and other supporting documents.  The certifying consultant will then complete a ‘Priority Paid Certifying Consultant Application Form & Checklist’ to confirm all relevant documents have been provided and that the proposal meets the criteria for the Priority Paid service. The cost of this certification is negotiated between you and the consultant.

  2. The application is submitted to Council with all relevant documentation and fees.

  3. On receipt of your application, Council will check the application to ensure all relevant documentation has been provided and is eligible for Priority Paid.

  4. If determined to be eligible, Council accepts your application and the processing of your application commences.  If an application has been lodged with Council which has been certified as being eligible for Priority Paid and is found to be ineligible, the application will automatically default to a standard application and not be subject to the guaranteed timeframes. The applicant will be advised of this and the Priority Paid fee returned. The application cannot thereafter be reinstated as a Priority Paid application.

What does Priority Paid cost?


Important information

Payment of Priority Paid fees does not guarantee a decision to grant a planning permit.

Council can reject any application for the Priority Paid service that does not meet the eligibility criteria.

The stated cost of development will be checked against Cordell’s Commercial Industrial Building Costs Guide or Rawlinsons Construction Cost Guide. If the cost on the application is more than 15% below the guides, confirmation from an independent quantity surveyor will need to be submitted with the application. Providing false or misleading information is an offence under the Planning & Environment Act 1987.

Any material submitted with an application will be made available for the public to view and copies may be made for interested parties, subject to the provisions of the Planning & Environment Act 1987.