Section 13 of the Development and Planning (Application Procedure) Rules 1997 allows the Development Applications Board (the “Board”), with the approval of the Minister, to establish guidelines as to which applications for planning permission will require public notification.
Under these provisions, the Board has determined that planning applications for development (DAP1 applications) and planning applications for the subdivision of land (DAP2 applications) will be required to be publicised by notice published in the Official Gazette and by display of a site notice. This applies to all such applications unless the Board specifically agrees to waive such advertisement requirements for an individual case or circumstance. These advertisement provisions do not apply to applications for revisions or renewals of planning permission, which do not require any public notification.
Upon submission of an application, applicants are required to demonstrate that a notice, or notices, have been properly displayed in an appropriate location on or adjacent to the site by including photographs of the displayed notice(s) with the submission. The site notice must meet the following criteria:
After evidence of the display of an appropriate site notice, or notices, has been provided and a complete application has been received, advertisements are published in the online Official Gazette. Such advertisements may be published on any working day and any objections or representations should be submitted to the Department of Planning within 14 days of the publication date (including non-working days, unless the 14th day is a public holiday). Any objection must adhere to the criteria set out by Section 18 of the Development and Planning (Application Procedure) Rules 1997, namely:
It is preferred that objections and representations be submitted electronically, which can be done via email to email@example.com. For the avoidance of doubt, objections submitted electronically which include either a digital signature or the name of the objector(s) will be taken as satisfying point (f) above.