Guide to Preparing a Development Application

This page will guide you through the Development Application (DA) process. It may be worth considering engaging a local Town Planner to assist with this process.


Preparing a DA

Depending on the complexity of your development, you may need to engage a suitably qualified person to provide you with technical advice – for example, a town planner can prepare your Statement of Environmental Effects (see the Fact Sheet on Planning Constraints) if one is required.

It’s important that your DA is complete and accurate – this will enable it to be processed by Council in a timely manner.  Your DA must include:

  • Completed Development Application form, including landowners’ consent. You may need to complete more than one form, depending on your development
  • Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE)
  • Plans of the development
  • Specialist reports
  • Payment of any fees (Fees are generally calculated on Development/Project Value, which must be determined in accordance with Council's Building Cost Guide, quantity surveyors report or signed Tender Document.)

Council requires lodgement of DAs in digital form (as PDF documents on a USB, CD or similar device). View the electronic lodgement guidelines for more information. 

You also need to attach relevant checklists to your application. This will help both you and Council to understand what issues have been covered in the application.

If your proposal relates to a business, view the business development pages for more guidance.

If your proposal relates to a residential development, view the residential development pages for more guidance.