If you are planning to subdivide a property or propose to build a single dwelling on a lot size smaller than the minimum allowed by your council or building in a property affected by certain overlays, one must apply to council for development consent.

How long does it take to obtain a decision from council? It all depends on the council and the workload. Typically, a planning officer at council could be handling multiple applications and that resource is often over stretched. But allowing anything from six months and upwards is being realistic. A…