What is Development Control?

Everyone in Albury has a stake in ensuring that our city can grow and develop in the right way.

The Albury Development Control Plan 2010 and the Albury Local Environment Plan 2010 set out how land can be used and developed.

Development consent

Any proposed development needs development consent (approval) from AlburyCity under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Development consent conditions

Every development consent has conditions that protect the community from unwanted side-effects. Most include a timeframe for the condition to be met.

Conditions are an integral part of a development approval. It’s illegal to:

  • fail to comply with a development condition
  • breach a development condition.

The conditions bind everyone who undertakes any work or carries out any use under the development approval. The development approval and conditions stay with the land, regardless of any change in ownership.

Exempt and complying developments

Some types of works are classified as ‘exempt developments’. They don’t need planning or development approval from AlburyCity but do need to meet the standards in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

Other types of works are classified as ‘complying developments’. They don’t need planning or but do need to be certified by either Council or a private certifier and to meet the standards in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

When you apply for a development consent, we’ll let you know if your proposal is in the exempt or complying category.

Development approval breaches and illegal works

We investigate all suspected breaches of development approvals and illegal (unapproved) works. The consequences can be expensive and time-consuming for the developer. They may include:

  • fines
  • court actions
  • requirement to lodge another development application
  • being forbidden to use the premises.

How to apply for development approval

Visit Councils planning webpage for information on how to seek approval for development.