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Development Application Process 

Development consent and construction approval processes

Stage 1 Pre-lodgement

The pre-lodgement stage is the front end of the development assessment process. If you get the front end right you are likely to have a simple DA process. Giving council an assessment-ready application, with all required information will not ‘guarantee’ approval – however, it will promote an efficient process, saving time and money, for both you and council.

he type of information that accompanies a DA will vary depending on your proposal and site – when you speak to your council in the pre-lodgement stage you will be advised of information they require. This may include:

The owner’s consent (if you are not the owner).

A Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE).

Site survey.

Site analysis (see Figure 2).

A BASIX Certificate – A BASIX certificate is an energy efficiency report for a new home or alterations and additions greater than $50,000 that demonstrates its sustainability.

Other plans such as landscape or drainage plans.

Specific technical reports required by State agencies

Stage 2 – Lodgments and initial administration by council of your application

When you have filled out all the required forms you can lodge your application with council. A completed DA will generally include:

Any necessary specialist reports.

Council’s DA form and checklist.

All matters required for a DA as listed in the EP&A Regulation (Schedule 1, Part 1); and the required DA fee.

Lodgement can be: Over the counter at council (the form from your council will advise) as either paper copies or on a USB. Online with some councils.

Stage 3 – Assessment

Under the EP&A Act, all DAs must be formally assessed by the council. This means that the site must be inspected, applicants and neighbours engaged, reports drafted and recommendations made.

The six matters that your council must consider (under section 4.15 of the EP&A Act) are:

All plans and policies that apply – SEPPs, LEPs, DCPs (as outlined in Part 1 of this guide).

Impacts of your proposal on the natural and built environment and the social and economic impacts in the locality.

The suitability of your site for your proposal (e.g. physical characteristics, availability of access and services).

Any submissions (such as from neighbours or other groups).

Any comments or agreements/approvals from any NSW Government agency.

The broader public interest.

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