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Development Application Process
Lodging a Development Application
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

Assessment of a Development Application
This flow chart details the step by step process involved in the assessment of the Development Application:

Step 1: Registration of Development Application
Once you submit your DA, the DA will be registered on our system and you will be allocated a DA number. You will need to use the DA number to follow up on how your DA is going.

Step 2: Neighbour Notification
Most applications then have an advertising and notification period where local residents are able to comment or object to your development.

Step 3: Initial Review and Referrals
The DA will be allocated to an assessment team who will conduct an initial review of your DA proposal. If necessary, your application will be sent for expert referrals to applicable bodies internal and external to Council.

Step 4: Additional Information
If Council needs additional information to assess your DA, Council will defer the application till such time the additional information is received. You will receive written correspondence from Council as to the additional information sought. See 'Development Assessment: A Guide' to minimise assessment delays.

Step 5: Final assessment
Once all the information sought is received, Council undertakes a final assessment of your DA with the information presented.

Step 6: Notification of Determination of DA
You are then notified in writing of the determination of your DA (whether your DA has been approved or refused). If your DA has been approved, Council will usually impose certain conditions that need to be adhered to in respect of the DA approval. If your DA has been refused, Council will state its reasons for refusing the DA.

Building Certification
After the DA is determined and before you commence work, you must:

• meet all pre-commencement development consent conditions,
• pay the long service levy,
• pay all contributions and fees that are applicable like Section 94A Contributions,
• get a Construction Certificate,
• appoint a builder,
• get your site safety and environmental controls in place,
• get all insurances in place, and
• provide us with your Notice of Commencement.

This list may not contain everything you may need to do but lists the generic steps involved in the post DA process.