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.

Get advice

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.

More information

Do I need consent from Council?

DA exhibition and notification

Assessment and approval process