Shoalhaven City Council is committed to providing services to the development industry and the community during the COVID-19 crisis, but most interactions with customers will be electronic or via the phone to protect the health and safety of staff and the community.
Council's CEO Stephen Dunshea said, "We appreciate the value of our construction industry in the current economic circumstances and are committed to do all we can to keep business happening and to continue to do inspections and process DAs.
"Although our Administration building is closed to the public and most Building and Development Services staff are working remotely, DAs in the system are being worked on and can proceed to determination," he said.
Mr Dunshea said, "Electronic lodgement of DAs can be accepted via our development services email, email@example.com
We ask customers to ensure that all the required information is provided when lodging a DA, to allow processing to proceed and avoid delays caused by the need to request further information. Customers need to collect consents from DA Tracking and floorplans will be emailed separately.
“Subdivision and roadworks (including driveway) inspections will continue however staff will not be interacting with site workers. If separation distances cannot be achieved or are questionable, the inspection will need to be rescheduled," said Mr Dunshea.
"Shoalhaven City Council is committed to ensuring the development sector remains operational, in a responsible manner and further changes may be necessary in response to public health advice," he said.