This flow chart details the step by step process involved in the lodgement of a development application. You should check with Council if there are any other steps that may be relevant to your application:
Step 1: Read "Development Assessment: A Guide"
You should read the "Development Assessment: A Guide" document to identify potential issues that can be dealt with prior to lodgement to make your application proceed quicker. It also contains a checklist on the level of information required for your application depending on the type of development you propose.
Step 2: Attend Pre-lodgement meetings with Council if necessary
For certain DA proposals of a larger nature, it might be necessary to gain pre-lodgement advice from Council. Call Council and enquire whether you need to attend a pre-lodgement meeting for your DA on 9707 9999.
Step 3: Check the relevant codes and policies
You must check the relevant State Government and Council planning controls that apply to your land prior to proceeding with developing a proposal for the land. To find out more, visit the link to Planning and Building.
View the relevant codes and policies
Step 4: Complete the development application form
You will need to fill out the development application form and obtain all the land owners' consent.
Development Application form
Step 5: Go through the DA checklist
Depending on the type of development, you will need to make sure that you have all the documentation listed in the development application checklist. For minor DA's like change of use, signage and other small DA's you will need to use the minor development checklist. For DA's that involve building work other than minor alterations, you will need to use the checklist for DA's involving building work.
Checklist for minor DA's
Checklist for DA's involving building work
Step 6: Lodge your application and pay the relevant fees
It is best if you come into Council to lodge your application to make sure that all the information you need to supply has been provided. Council will only accept applications that are complete. Application fees must be paid upon lodgement. You will obtain a receipt that has the application number on it that can be used for later enquiries.
The State Government regulates the main DA fee that Council charges. There are a number of other fees set by Council that apply to DAs like Long Service Levy, Work Permit and Section 94A contributions
. Fees set by Council are reviewed annually, placed on public exhibition, and then adopted by Council.
View the Development Application Fees