Liverpool City Council

03/20/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/20/2017 18:44

Liverpool Council cuts red tape through new web based services

Thousands of property owners across Liverpool can cut through red tape by lodging their development applications, construction certificates and Section 149 Certificates online.

Council has just released an expanded FastTrack application service and automated s149 certification system.

'This will enable people to conduct their business with council in a faster and more efficient manner,' said Mayor Wendy Waller.

New dwellings, alterations and additions to dwellings, swimming pools and outbuildings meeting Council's expanded FastTrack requirements lodged online can be approved within 10 business days.

A pilot scheme in 2016, which was limited to new land releases, resulted in 200 successful applications for new houses being approved in an average of 3 days.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said the system is now available to approximately 44,000 homes across the Local Government Area.

'FastTrack streamlines the application process by guiding users through the lodgment process, allowing Council to begin the assessment sooner,' Mayor Waller said.

'The system's expansion is a key step in continuing to reduce DA and CC turnaround times, and will allow construction to begin much more quickly and minimise the costs to home owners.

'Liverpool is one of the fastest growing areas in the state and Council's FastTrack system is leading the way in increasing housing supply at a faster rate.

'Council's FastTrack system has cut assessment times significantly. It is fantastic to now be able to offer this expanded service to the community,' said Mayor Waller.

'If you are looking to build a new house, or add a garage or pool to your property, the FastTrack service is now available for your application.

'I would like to remind residents who are planning to use the service that FastTrack relies on applications meeting planning rules and containing all required information when they are lodged.

'Residents who are thinking of making improvements to their property can also apply online for a Section 149 certificate that gives them vital information on their property's zoning and other planning information that applies to their site.'

Up to 95 per cent of certificates will arrive within the hour. It may take up to five days in certain limited circumstances.

As of 1 July 2017, applications for Section 149 certificates will only be accepted via Council's website, providing customers ample opportunity to test out the new system.

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