A Development Application (DA) is a request for permission to carry out proposed developments. If you are unsure as to whether you are required to submit an application form or which application you are required to submit, refer to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 or phone Council’s Town Planner on (03) 5888 5100. Council has prepared a guide to assist with the preparation of applications.
The main steps for development consent consist of:
For more complex matters a pre-lodgement meeting with Council staff is recommended. All meetings and/or appointments must be arranged prior to arriving at Council’s administration office.
The Development Application (DA) form must be completed clearly and accurately including the signature of the owners of the property, three (3) copies of all plans have been included and all associated fees are paid at the time of submission. Council will provide a schedule of the fees for your application prior to lodgement.
4. Neighbour Notification and/or Public Exhibition
In certain circumstances, Council will, at its discretion, undertake wider notification of a development application. During the exhibition period, exhibition material can also be viewed at Council’s Office, website and/or the local library.
If notification is required, the exhibition period for a development application is a minimum of fourteen (14) days unless otherwise specified by the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 or Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 or an environmental planning instrument such as the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) or State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP).
Advertisements will be placed in the most appropriate local newspaper. Contents of the advertisements will be in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Assessment Regulation 2000 and other statutory instruments.
This includes matters such as:
- The provisions of any relevant planning instruments or Council guidelines (Development Control Plans)
- The likely environmental, social or economic impacts of the development in the locality
- The suitability of the site for the development
- Any submissions made in response to public notification of the development
- The public interest.