Planning FAQs

What is involved in the planning application process:

All planning applications require the payment of a fee.

The fee depends upon the type and scope of the use or development being proposed. It is recommended that you contact Council’s Planning Team for an accurate calculation of fees for a particular application.

Some applications may require approval from a State Government agency (e.g. Environment Protection Authority), additional fees may be charged by the State Government in such circumstances.

Information about planning application fees(PDF, 111KB)

The Burnie Interim Planning Scheme 2013 details the types of use and development that are permitted, discretionary, prohibited or exempt from planning approval within each zone.

Permitted Applications

Permitted applications are allowable under the planning scheme and for which council Planning Authority must issue a Planning Permit with or without conditions attached.

Discretionary Applications

Any person has a right to object to a discretionary application during a 14 day public advertising period. 

Public notification methods that occur include: 

  • Sending a written notice to all adjoining owners and occupiers;
  • Displaying a notice at the boundary of the land;
  • Placing an advertisement in The Advocate newspaper; and
  • Making the application available for inspection at Council’s office.
  • Some details of the application can also be viewed on the Council's website.   

After the advertising period, and consideration of any submissions, the Council Planning Authority may either approve a discretionary application with conditions, or refuse the application. 

Planning Application Assessment

Your application will be assessed by Council's Planning Team which is a multi-discipline group of professional officers.

Planning Decisions

Planning applications are generally determined by staff under delegated authority. However, if a representation is received the application may be determined by the elected members, Councillors at an Ordinary Council Meeting.

The Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993 requires the Planning Authority to determine:

  • ‘Permitted’ planning applications within 28 days and
  • ‘Discretionary’ planning applications within 42 days from the date the application becomes valid.

If the Planning Authority requires additional information be provided before it can make a decision the 42 day time frame will be halted until this additional information is provided to the Planning Authority.

Anyone may make a representation (in favour of or against) a discretionary application during the 14 day advertising period.  

Representations in writing, must be received before close of this notification period. 

Your representations may relate to any aspect of the permit application for which there is discretion under the Burnie Interim Planning Scheme 2013

Send your representation addressed to the General Manager to burnie@burnie.net or Burnie City Council, PO Box 973, Burnie Tasmania 7320.

Applicants may appeal the Planning Authority’s decision on a planning application within 14 days of the decision being served on them.  The applicant may appeal either against the decision to refuse an application, or against the conditions imposed on a planning permit.

Any person who has lodged representation regarding a planning application during the 14 day advertising period may lodge an appeal within 14 days of the decision being served.

Lodging an Appeal

Planning appeals are heard by the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal, which is a body established under the State's planning laws. The Appeal Tribunal is completely independent of the Planning Authority.

The Appeal Tribunal's contact details are as follows:

Phone:                  03 6165 6794
Email:                    rmpat@justice.tas.gov.au
Postal Address:   GPO Box 2036, Hobart TAS 7001
Street Address:    Level 1, 144-148 Macquarie Street, Hobart
Website:                www.rmpat.tas.gov.au

The Land Information System Tasmania (the LIST) is a whole-of-government online infrastructure that helps you find information about land and property in Tasmania www.thelist.tas.gov.au

www.iplan.tas.gov.au is an interactive site with planning schemes and zoning maps for each council area plus state-wide maps.

In Tasmania the key Act setting out the planning process, including the roles and functions of Council, is the Land Use Planning and Approvals Act 1993