Currently, the average time it takes homeowners and builders to investigate, prepare, submit, lodge and track a development application manually is up to 10 days.
The Department of Planning and Environment’s planning portal will eventually be a one-stop shop for development applications and complying development certificate submissions.
Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts said the new portal would save people time and make the entire development application process easier and more efficient.
“This new functionality for online lodgement will improve people’s lives,” Mr Roberts said.
“We’re getting down to business making it easier for home owners and developers to lodge their applications.
“This will also benefit people in the bush who live hours away from council offices.”
Eventually, the portal will connect any type of application to be lodged to any council in NSW.