Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel

The Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel, known as IHAP, was established to provide an independent hearing forum for objectors and applicants on certain applications.

The Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) meetings are held on a Monday with the public hearing commencing at 4.30pm.

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What is IHAP?

The Panel assesses applications in a manner that is ethical, professional and independent of Liverpool City Council.

Applications which are referred to the Panel include:

An independent forum for stakeholders - applicant, the community and objectors - to discuss the following types of development applications:

  • Those Class 2 to 9 Buildings under the Building Code of Australia (BCA) where there are five or more unresolved objections, except where the application is being refused on the grounds of incomplete or insufficient information required to enable a complete and proper assessment of the application in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979;
  • Any matter (excluding Section 96 Modification Applications) that involves a variation to the Liverpool Local Environmental Plan 2008 or a relevant State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) greater than 10%;
  • Any development application lodged on behalf of Council or by Council, where it has a pecuniary interest in the development.

The Development applications referred to above will only be considered by the IHAP and Council in circumstances where the Sydney South West Planning Panel is not the determining authority.

What happens at IHAP?

The Chairperson will open the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel meeting and introduce the Panel members. The order of items are set out in the agenda, which is available from Council prior to the meeting.

As each item is referred to, the objectors are invited to speak. The applicant will then be offered the opportunity to respond. Questions may be asked by the Panel members. After receiving all of the submissions, the meeting will be closed.

At this time, the Panel will discuss the issues raised and consider the Assessment Officer's report. The IHAP makes a recommendation and prepares a report to go to Council for consideration.

There is no guarantee that the Panel will adopt the recommendation of Council's Assessment Officer.

Have your say

If you wish to speak to the Panel regarding a matter on the agenda, please contact Liverpool City Council by 4pm, on the Friday prior to the meeting by calling the Customer Contact Centre on 1300 36 2170.

Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel meetings are open to the public.

The IHAP members

The Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel and Council staff involved in the meeting will be:

The Panel members, who are independent of Council. Each Panel will consist of a specialist in town planning, law, environment, urban design and traffic. The Panel will also have a community representative to ensure that the Liverpool community's best interests are considered. Panel members are on a rotation and will be introduced on the meeting night.

The Assessment Officer is the staff member who is assessing the application for Council. The Assessment Officer prepares a report for the Panel which includes their assessment, the concerns raised during the exhibition period/s, and their recommendations.

Council staff are responsible for notification of the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel meetings.

After the IHAP Meeting

After the Panel has considered submissions made by interested parties, the Panel will make a determination on the application. The Panel’s determination becomes public the day following the Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel meeting.

Please note that the Panel may at times defer the determination of the application.

IHAP Meeting Dates

  • Monday 20 February
  • Monday 27 March
  • Monday 24 April
  • Monday 29 May
  • Monday 26 June
  • Monday 24 July
  • Monday 28 August
  • Monday 25 September
  • Monday 23 October
  • Monday 27 November

IHAP Meeting Agendas


IHAP Meeting Minutes


Please click here to find the Archived Agendas and Minutes