Works Approval eLodgement (WAeL)


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:
 an image of a tick signifying the acceptance process


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 or call 02 6271 2888 to get advice from the NCA.

Applicant Details

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. 

Application Details

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. Click here to download a checklist for the types of information required for major and minor applications.

Mandatory Attachments

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
 A locality plan is to be included which identifies the site and its context.

   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.

Secure Payment

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 Information

Further functions and information about using the WAeL system are available in the WAeL User Guide.


In order to use the Work Approval eLodgemen system, we require information from you in order to process the application in the most efficient manner possible. Any details collected from WAeL system is stored and managed in accordance with the NCA's Privacy Policy.