Using to the WAeL Portal
The portal allows for electronic lodgement of works approval applications. Prior to lodging an application please review our helpful user guide which is available here. The user guide details how to:
- Create an account and logon for the first time
- Create a new Works Approval application
- Upload documents to your application
- View status of the application
- Edit an application which requires further information
- Create an amendment to a previously approved application
Payment of Works Approval Fees
There are three method to pay the applicable works approval fee. These are:
- Credit Card
- Direct Debit
- Electronic Funds Transfer (Invoice)
Please note: To pay by by EFT you need to download the invoice automatically created by the system. You can immediately submit an application once this invoice is downloaded to avoid the delays of awaiting receipt of payment by this method.
The Lodgement Process
The lodgement process follows six distinct steps, similar to filling out an online job application or purchasing from an online store. These are:
This step includes a description of the Works Application process and description of the issues an applicant will need to consider before submitting an application. Once you have read and understand the process, check the “I understand the Works Approval process” checkbox.
Please Note: Do not check the box if you do not understand the process. Please email email@example.com or call 02 6271 2888 to get advice from the NCA.
Please complete all the mandatory fields related to the applicant. These details will be determine which email accounts will receive information related to requests for further information and approval. These contact details may differ from the login details of the account used to lodge the application.
Please note: It is suggested that organisations create a single login for the WAeL portal and use the contact details section of the online form to identify specific project officers.
You are required to fill in all the mandatory fields regarding the application. This is the description of the works proposed, category of works and estimated cost of the works. The estimated cost of the works is used to calculate the applicable application fee.
Please note: The estimated cost of works should be guided by using the Building Cost Guide made by the ACT Government’s Environment and Planning Directorate’s Building (General) (Cost of Building Work) Determination available from the ACT Legislation Register.
Attach the documents to be submitted with the application. Attachments must be in PDF format. A checklist for the types of information required for major and minor applications is available for download here.
There are mandatory attachments required for all applications.
| 1. Lessee / Land Custodian Authorisation Form
If the applicant is not the lessee or the land custodian, this document is required. This form is available for download here.
2. Locality Plan
| 3. Planning Report or Written Description of Works
For major applications, a planning report addressing the relevant design and planning matters will be required.
For minor applications, a written description of the works including construction timing, project context and an
overview of the planning context is required.
Attachment Naming Requirements
All drawings are to be named in accordance with the naming convention below:
Drawing # (Revision) – Drawing Title
For example, L01 (rev 1) – Landscape Master Plan.
When uploading supporting documents or reports please name files in a logical manner to ensure easy identification. Failure to do so may result in your application not passing the completeness check.
Review and Submit
Please review all the information. Contact and application details cannot be changed once an application is lodged.
There is a cost for submitting a works approval application. The fee schedule and details of the NCA’s cost recovery is available here
Viewing the status of a previously submitted application
The WAeL system allows users to view, in real time, the status of applications. The users will receive notification via the portal and to the contact officer’s email address when applications changes status.
Further functions and information about using the WAeL system are available in the WAeL User Guide.