A referral entity may be a government department, statutory body or utility that provides advice to assist with assessing development applications.
Entities and circumstances for referral
Schedule 2 of the Planning and Development Regulation prescribes the referral entities and circumstances for referral.
Entity advice before DA lodgement
Entity advice after DA lodgement
If a development application is referred to an entity, that entity must give advice within 15 working days. If a referral entity does not provide advice within this time, the entity is taken to have given advice that supports the application.
Where the Planning and Land Authority gives an approval that is consistent with the referral entity advice, that advice is binding – the referral entity must act consistently with their advice when issuing subsequent approvals and undertaking compliance or other actions.