The following information is provided to assist you when
preparing a Development Application (DA). All council policies and application
forms mentioned are available on council’s website through the document
and form finder section.
PREPARE A CONCEPT PROPOSAL.
Be sure to think
about design issues, remembering what surrounds the site and the objectives of
controls and legislation identified in Step 3 of the DA Guide.
are seeking professional design advice to develop an initial concept proposal,
Council suggest that you contact:
o ArchiCentre (ph 1300 13 45 13).
ArchiCentre is the building advisory service of the Royal Australian Institute
o Building Designers Association of NSW (ph 0500 555 054).
The BDA is an association of professional designers who prepare documentation
for building works.
STAGE 2. TALK WITH
Council suggests that you talk
to your neighbours about your plans. This will help identify any issues they may
have with your proposal at an early stage. Council will notify your neighbours
about your proposal once you lodge your development application so it is best to
consider how your proposal will affect them before preparing your final DA
STAGE 3. CONSULT WITH COUNCIL.
Discussing your concept proposal before lodging
your DA with Council is a good idea as it will assist in identifying any issues
with your proposal. Your initial inquiries should be directed to Council’s Duty
Planner who is located at Council’s Customer Service Centre.
Planner can help guide you on what is permitted on a site and what sort of
things the site’s controls and rules are trying to achieve. By bringing your
sketches or plans in early, you may find that your plans will need a lot of
changes before they would be likely to be approved. By making these changes
before lodging you application, you are able to save yourself time and
Once you have developed your proposal you may want to organise a
pre-lodgement meeting with Council’s Development Assessment Team. Council
particularly recommends that a pre-lodgement meeting be held for large
developments, for developments in sensitive sites (such as environmental
conservation areas). Please be aware that a fee is required for a pre-lodgement
The aim of a pre-DA meeting is to discuss your proposal and
identify all the relevant issues or areas of non-compliance with Councils
planning controls. The advice given by Council in a pre-lodgement meeting will
ultimately help your DA to be processed more efficiently. Please be aware
however that until an application is lodged and assessed by Council, staff
cannot advise you as to whether you will ultimately get Council approval.
To organise a pre-DA lodgement meeting, an appointment needs to be made
with Council. You can make an appointment by contacting Councils Customer
Service centre on 9911 3555..
To ensure that you get the most from a
pre-lodgement meeting, Council suggest that you bring along the following
o A site analysis
o Concept plans and elevations (to
scale) of the proposed development,
o Calculations (if relevant)
Photographs of the site and the surrounding streetscape.
STAGE 4. PREPARE YOUR DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION.
Council encourages you to employ a professional designer to
prepare your final DA plans. Employing a professional will generally produce a
clearer design and should ensure that all the information required for DA plans
is provided. Please remember that all plans must be drawn in ink, to scale and
must contain all the information outlined in the DA
Once you have finalised your DA Plans, technical reports
and have produced a Statement of Environmental Effects, you need to obtain a DA
Application Form and Checklist.
The application form and checklist are available on Council’s website through
and form finder or from Council's Customer Service Centre.
Checklist sets out what plans are needed, how many copies you need to lodge,
what needs to be included in the plans and what supporting information is
required. Remember to be sure that all relevant information is provided at
lodgement (e.g. correct number of copies etc).
Please note that the DA
Checklist forms a part of your Development Application. Take the time to read
and complete the checklist fully and accurately so that no unnecessary delays
will occur in receiving and processing your application. If it is not complete,
Council cannot accept it.
Go to Step 5 - Lodge Application