Planning & Environment

The Planning and Environment functions of the Narrabri Shire Council are coordinated through the Development and Environment Department. Within this section of the website you will find information and application forms for different forms of development. If you are planning on building please Contact Council in order to determine the application requirements for the type of structure you are hoping to build.

Any questions regarding the information in this section of the website can be directed to the Development and Environment Department via Email 

NSW Major Projects portal

For information, and a chance to have your say, on major projects where local Council is not the approval body, please visit the NSW Government Major Projects Portal.

The portal allows users to search by project name, address, Local Government Area or description.

NSW Planning portal

The NSW Planning Portal is a digital space where community, industry and government can work together to better understand and meet their obligations under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The ePlanning Program is an initiative of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Its primary purpose is to drive the digital transformation of the NSW planning system. 

Council will be notified when you have submitted your application via the Portal, and Council staff will review your application to determine if it is complete. You will receive a notification from the Portal if further action is required.

When all requirements have been met, you will receive a notification generated from the Portal requesting fees to be paid for your application. Fees are payable directly to Council via cash, EFTPOS or cheque.

Your application will then be formally lodged with Council and progressed through the assessment process. You will be able to monitor progress of the application via the portal.

Should you require assistance submitting an application via the Portal, it is recommended that you utilise the Quick Reference Guides created by Service NSW and available on a variety of topics including:

  • Registering for an Account
  • Navigating the Portal
  • Submitting applications
  • Providing additional information

Service NSW is available to provide technical support for the NSW Planning Portal. All enquiries can be referred to Service NSW via email to or phone 1300 305 695.