Applications on public exhibition

All development applications received by Council before 1 July 2021 can be viewed on Council’s Development Application Public Register.

All development applications submitted from 1 July 2021 can be viewed using the Application Tracker on the NSW Planning Portal.

Notifications of development applications are put on public exhibition on Council’s website for 14 days.

The following development applications are exhibited separately on our website for 28 days as Council is the consent authority:

  • designated development
  • state significant development
  • nominated integrated development
  • threatened species development
  • class 1 aquaculture development

How can I view development applications on public exhibition?

Determinations of development consent are put on public exhibition via the Applications on Public Exhibition webpage, the NSW Planning Portal and the notices section in the Observer newspaper.

Council does not exhibit notifications of applications by developers to progress an already approved development.

A development application and accompanying documents may also be inspected at Kempsey Shire Council, 22 Tozer Street, West Kempsey, any time between 10am and 4.30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (except public holidays) during the exhibition period.  

How will I know if a development has been released for public exhibition?

Notification may also be required under legislation and Council’s Community Engagement Strategy 2019(PDF, 2MB). This publication sets out when, why and how Council will engage with the community about development applications, in accordance with legislative requirements.

The notification period varies from 14 to 28 days, depending on the type of development application submitted.  

Are neighbours notified of proposed developments?

Where a property is subject to a development proposal, Council will notify neighbours who may be significantly affected by the proposed development. 

To see a copy of the letters Council sends to adjoining owners, download:


DA2100175 – 45 Lachlan Street South Kempsey(PDF, 102KB)

DA2100176 – 7 Killuke Crescent Crescent Head(PDF, 293KB)


Guidance on what to tell your neighbours when you are building or renovating is available from the NSW Planning Portal

How can I provide feedback or make a submission?

During a public exhibition and/or notification period, the community and stakeholders can contribute to Council’s decision-making process by making a submission on the proposal being exhibited: see Applications on Public Exhibition.

Community participation in relation to development applications must comply with legislative requirements and therefore must be done by formal submission to Council.

You can make your formal submission on a proposal on public exhibition by:

  • emailing Council at 
  • writing to the General Manager, Kempsey Shire Council, PO Box 3078, West Kempsey NSW 2440, or
  • lodging a written submission in person at Council’s Customer Service centre, 22 Tozer Street, West Kempsey.

Make your submission count

An effective submission should:

  • introduce you or the group you represent
  • outline your concerns or issues with the proposal
  • make recommendations and clear statements
  • use evidence to support your argument
  • identify any good aspects of the matter or proposal
  • be clear and concise
  • not contain emotive, abusive or disrespectful language

For Council to consider an electronic submission, it must contain correct contact details (your name, email, phone number and address), include the application number or proposal title, and provide reasons for the submission. Written submissions must also contain the signature of each person making the submission.

Under NSW legislation, written submissions must, where relevant, be accompanied by a Disclosure Statement of Political Donations and Gifts(PDF, 86KB)