Thursday, October 28, 2021
Planning & Environment

Development Application Approval Process

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:

1. Pre-lodgement

Council’s Town Planner and Building Surveyor are available for general planning and building enquiries between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday and can be contacted on (03) 5888 5100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

2. Lodgement

3. Acknowledgement

Council will send an acknowledgement letter once your Development Application has been received and registered with Council. This letter will advise you of the relevant information associated with your Development Application including your DA Number and the name of the Development Assessment Officer responsible for your reference.


4. Neighbour Notification and/or Public Exhibition

Notification or advertising will occur where, in the responsible Council officer’s opinion, the enjoyment of adjoining or neighbouring land may be detrimentally affected. Where required, a notification letter will be sent to the affected owners of relevant land. In addition, in some instances it may be pertinent to notify the affected occupiers of the relevant land.
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.

5. Assessment

Development applications are assessed with regard to Section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.


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.

6. Determination

Council has a legal obligation to assess and make a decision on Development Applications. A Development Application can be approved or refused subject to conditions. Council always ensures transparency and consistency in the recommendations and decisions made by our staff.


7. Notice of Determination

You will be sent a formal Notice of Determination advising whether your development application has been approved or refused.

Contact Us

(03) 5888 5100
(03) 5885 2092
56 Chanter Street, Berrigan, NSW, 2712

Hours of Operation

The Berrigan Shire Council is open:

8am to 5pm Monday to Friday

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