If you wish to make a comment or an objection to a development proposal you will need to make a submission to the City of Parramatta by post or email. You must include your full name, phone number and address, the relevant Development Application (DA) number and the site address.

If your submission is an objection to a proposal, your reasons should be clearly provided. Make sure that you keep your letter relevant to the specific proposal. 

Petitions may also be used for submissions provided they contain the same details mentioned above.

The City must consider all issues raised within any submission before making a decision regarding DA's.


When you send us your submission, we'll acknowledge your submission in writing. For petitions the head petitioner will be sent an acknowledgement letter to share with the co-signatories. 

Individual households represent one objection to a DA regardless of each objection received or signatures provided for that household.


Your submission is not kept confidential and may appear in documentation available to the general public. We release submissions when a request is made in accordance with privacy laws and the relevant provisions under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.

When we do release a submission by law, your submission including your name and address may be made available. Should you wish to have this information withheld, please let us know in your submission. 

Submissions received will not be made available on the City of Parramatta website.


To make a determination on a DA, the City of Parramatta takes into account matters such as:

  • relevant planning instruments and codes
  • the likely impacts of the development
  • the suitability of the site
  • all submissions 
  • the public interest.


Our planning officers determine the majority of DAs under the delegated authority of the City of Parramatta when there are no submissions. 

A panel of senior staff determine DAs with 10 or less objections and consider all relevant submissions. A letter is provided to all those who made a submission explaining the reasons for the decision. 

DAs with more than 5 submissions are determined by the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP). If the application is scheduled to be determined by IHAP, all those who prepared a submission will be contacted and advised of the meeting date/time.

disclosure  requirements

Gifts and donations given to City of Parramatta councillors or to employees of the City, must be disclosed by law when you lodge a DA or a public submission objecting to or in support of a DA. This also applies if you lodge a planning application and/or submission to the Minister or the Director General. 

Download the form below and attach it to your planning application or submission. 



You can track the progress of an application online via My Development Portal. You can also call and speak with our Development Unit on 9806 5600.

We may contact you for further clarification of matters raised in your submission or to advise you that the application is being referred to Council for determination.

Following the determination of an application, we'll notify everyone who made a submission regarding the decision.