Earlier this year, amendments were made to the Planning Act 2016 to allow the Minister to extend or suspend periods under the Act because of the impact of COVID-19. On 8 July, the Minister extended timeframes for approved development by SIX months.
We understand that the additional time provided through this extension notice applies to development approvals in effect on 8 July 2020 or which come into effect between 8 July 2020 and 31 October 2020.
For example, a development approval that would have ordinarily lapsed on 1 August, 2020 now won’t lapse until 1 February 2021.
The extension notice does not revive lapsed development approvals, and does not apply to building work approvals to which section 71 of the Building Act 1975 applies.
For further information please contact Project Urban on 5443 2844.