Changes to Gross Floor Area calculations

From 1 June 2021 Council will apply new standards when calculating Gross Floor Area (GFA). A dwelling's GFA is used to determine the Floor Space Ratio (FSR), which ensures that the size of buildings is appropriate for the land size and compatible with the surrounding neighbourhood.

Council has developed a Let's Chat page to help you understand the changes and ask questions of our Planning team.

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Application search

Use our eServices portal to find and track the progress of a development application.
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Applications on exhibition

Use our eServices portal to discover the applications on exhibition.
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Bush Fire Prone Land

These plans have been prepared to assist in creating inclusive, safe, attractive, connected, convenient, accessible and successful town centres.
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Certificates and approvals

Get a better understanding of the different types of certificates required for building works.
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Design Review Panel

The Shellharbour Design Review Panel provides independent advice to Council about the architectural quality of new developments in the City.
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Development Application process

Find out what you need to do to lodge your development application.
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Development consents

To obtain a copy of the Notice of Determinations for Development Applications please call our Customer Service Team on 4221 6111.
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Do I need a Development Application?

Depending on the type of development proposal, you may not need to lodge a development application.
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Online mapping

Search an address and view property information using our online mapping system.
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Planning controls and guidelines

Planning on building in Shellharbour? Find out what guidelines you need to follow.
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Sewage management

If you live in a rural or rural residential area and are not connected to Sydney Water's sewerage system, you will need an on-site sewage management system.
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Town Centre Plans

These plans have been prepared to assist in creating inclusive, safe, attractive, connected, convenient, accessible and successful town centres.
Last updated : Tue 13 Apr 2021