Development Application Process

A Development Application (DA is a formal request for permission to carry out proposed development. Therefore you will need a DA if you propose to:

  • erect a new building/structure
  • alter or add to an existing building
  • demolish a building
  • demolish, alter or damage a heritage building or a building within a Heritage Conservation area
  • change the use of a building
  • subdivide land or strata subdivision of a building
  • display or erect an advertising sign
  • erect any outbuildings
  • erect swimming pools and retaining walls

Some development is classified as 'exempt' and does not require consent as detailed below.

Types of Development Applications

Exempt Development

Exempt development is a development that is of minimal environmental impact and does not require development consent. Details of what development is classified as exempt is contained in State planning policies and in the Local Environmental Plan.  For further information on exempt development, contact Council's Building Services Section 02 6686 1415.

Complying Development

Complying Development is small scale, low impact development that can be approved either by Council or an accredited certifier within ten days of lodgement. This time period may be longer if additional information is required.  Details of what development is classified as complying is contained in State planning policies and in the Local Environmental Plan.  For further information on exempt development, contact Council's Building Services Section 02 6686 1415.

Integrated Development

Integrated Development refers to proposals that require a development application and at least one of the approvals listed in section 91 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. Note that a development may require more than one approval in addition to a DA and still be an integrated development.

Designated Development

Designated development is a type of development that requires a more significant assessment process including the preparation of an environmental impact statement.

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