Objecting to a Planning Application and making an appeal

Making a representation/objection

When a planning permit is advertised there is a discretionary advertising period where anyone can view the proposed plans and submit a representation or objection to the proposal.

Any person may make representations relating to an application by letter addressed to the General Manager, PO Box 103, Glenorchy 7010 or by email to gccmail@gcc.tas.gov.au.

Representations must be received by no later than 11.59pm on the final date of the advertised period or, for postal and hand delivered representations, by 5.00pm.

Making an appeal

You can appeal either against the refusal of an application or the conditions imposed on a planning permit.

To make an appeal you must be:

  • The applicant of the planning application OR
  • The person who lodged a representation (objection) with us during the advertising period of the planning application

Below is more information about the appeal process:

Anyone who lodges an objection (representation) during the 14-day advertising period for a discretionary planning permit application can lodge an appeal within 14 days of Council’s decision to grant a planning permit.

The Planning Appeal Tribunal does not notify you if the applicant appeals our decision. If you want to find out whether the applicant has appealed, the Tribunal gives notice in the Public Notices section of The Mercury newspaper (Wednesday and Saturday). Alternatively you can also contact the Tribunal directly.

If an applicant does appeal, you can apply in writing to the Tribunal to request being ‘joined as a party’ to the appeal. If you want to become a party to the appeal, you should also go to the Directions Hearing.

Planning Appeal Tribunal website (external link)

You can lodge an appeal by submitting a Notice of Appeal form and paying the required fees to the Tribunal.

The appeal process starts with a ‘directions hearing’ involving the Registrar of the Appeal Tribunal and the people taking part in the appeal.

At the directions hearing, the Registrar:

  • explains the appeal process
  • makes sure that the people taking part in the appeal have received or will receive the information they need
  • explores whether the appeal can be sorted out through a mediation process
  • sets the date of any future hearings
  • makes any orders that might be required (for example, the exchange of information associated with the appeal).

If the appeal can’t be resolved through mediation, the Registrar will arrange a full hearing of the Tribunal where the people involved in the appeal make formal submissions to the Tribunal.
The Tribunal then makes a final decision on the appeal that is legally binding.

If there is a right of appeal against a granted permit, the permit will not take effect until the end of 14 days from the day that notice was given to the person who has a right of appeal.

Where an appeal is lodged against the Council’s decision to grant a permit, the permit does not take effect until the appeal is decided or abandoned.