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Prepare my application

When preparing your development application it’s important to include all necessary information and supporting documentation so we can assess your application. Find out what’s required.

To help you prepare your Development Application we've provided a guide for you, outlining information and documentation you'll need to submit with your application for assessment.

  • 1. Application Form keyboard_arrow_right

    Fully completed application form, clearly outlining your proposed development, property details and signed by all owners of the property. You can attach an owners consent form for additional owners.

    You'll also need to include an adjoining property owners consent for any development that falls on the boundary or affects neighbouring property.

  • 2. Scaled Plans keyboard_arrow_right

    A set of legible scaled plans are required including:

    • Locality Plan
    • Site Plan - showing the location of the proposed development, indicating all levels, existing structures and vegetation. Identify site address, streets, adjoining properties and north point.
    • Floor Plan - existing and proposed
    • Elevations - showing view from all visible sides, labelled with orientation and showing height of structure
    • Subdivision Plan - if applicable
    • Shadow diagrams - if applicable
  • A Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) is required.

    Any expected impact of the development on the environment, adjoining premises or the public needs to be detailed in your SEE. It should also include a description of the current situation and the proposed development.You can refer to our guide to help you prepare your SEE.

    You'll find below templates you can use to help you complete your SEE.

  • 4. BASIX Certificate keyboard_arrow_right

    A BASIX Certificate is required.

    The following proposed development will require a BASIX Certificate:

    • New single dwellings and dual occupancy
    • New boarding houses, guest houses, hostels, lodging-houses and backpacker accommodation under 300m2
    • All new residential dwellings, including villas, townhouses and low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise developments
    • Extensions/modifications to living areas or wet areas to existing dwellings where works are valued over $50,000
    • New pools and outdoor spas in excess of 40,000L
  • 5. Additional Requirements keyboard_arrow_right

    Depending on your type of application, you may need to submit additional information to enable us to assess your application. This can be the case particularly with large scale or complex development proposals. We'll let you know what's required and why.

    We also may get in touch to request further information as a result of issues raised during pubic notification and the assessment process. Once the further information is received, the assessment and determination of your application can continue.

    It's important that you respond to any request and advise of any delay or difficulty in responding to the issues raised. If we don't receive a response, it may lead to an unfavourable decision.

Construction Certificates

If you're planning to apply for a Construction Certificate with your Development Application you'll also need to include:
  • Sectional plans including detailed construction
  • Specifications
  • Structural or civil engineering design
  • Soil tests where relevant
Lodge your application online... Save time by creating an account and submitting your Development Application online through the NSW Planning Portal. Submit my application

Building and planning advice

Our City Development team are available to discuss your proposed development and provide advice in relation to our planning controls. You'll need to book a meeting at least 24 hours in advance, providing the following information:

  • Your name and a contact phone number
  • The full street address and suburb of the property
  • A brief description of your development proposal
  • Any particular concerns you have already identified

We're not able to assess a Development Application prior to lodgement and can't guarantee approval prior to formal assessment of your application. Pre-lodgement meetings can bring to light issues that may need to be addressed prior to submission. For this reason you should bring a sketch or plan of your proposal and as much detail as possible to help focus the discussion.

To book a pre-lodgement meeting, get in touch with us on 02 6023 8111 at least 24 hours in advance.

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