Prepare your DA
To prepare your development application, there are three key steps:
- Research and gather information about the property.
- Get advice.
- Prepare supporting plans, reports and documents.
Detailed information to help you prepare a development application is available from the NSW Planning Portal – see Your Guide to the Development Application Process
Research and gather information
There are many codes, policies and guidelines that determine what you can do with your property. See Research a property and Planning guidelines and tools to work out what rules apply to your proposal.
You may wish to arrange a pre-lodgement meeting with a Council Duty Planner or heritage adviser to discuss your ideas before you organise formal plans or start an application. See Get advice for more information.
If your development proposal is complex, it may be necessary to engage a planning consultant to provide you with detailed planning advice and prepare your development application for you.
Prepare supporting plans, reports and documents
Certain plans and documents must always accompany a development application. This is required by planning legislation.
To find out about the information you must include in your development application and the documents that must accompany it, see Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000
Council’s development application form(PDF, 355KB) contains a simplified checklist of the information that must accompany your application.
It is your responsibility to provide all the required information with enough detail so that Council can make a decision about your development proposal. If you do not provide sufficient information with your development application, Council will reject your application and refund your application fees within 14 days of receipt.
Do I need consent from Council?
DA exhibition and notification
Assessment and approval process