A building development or renovation project can be an exciting but stressful time. If you are considering doing any building works, want to change the way your property is used, or erect an advertising sign it is likely you will require Council approval.
You obtain approval by completing the Development Application (DA) process.
We have tried to make a simple guide to help step you through the process to successfully submit your project to Council for assessment.
What is a Development Application?
The Development Application (DA) allows the council to determine whether your project will adhere to local and state building requirements, consider its environmental impact and ensure that it won’t be a nuisance to immediate neighbours or other nearby properties. It is a formal request to undertake any kind of development.
The DA process is made up of two types of consent;
This is the concept. What is it that you want to do? Where will any buildings or additions be located? What will it look like? Will your project/development create any impacts or issues?
Building Rules Consent
This is where we consider the physical construction details. The specifications (what materials you're using), the footing details and/or engineer's report (how you'll make your building stand up), working drawings (how your building will be constructed) etc.
You can apply for Planning Consent and Building Rules Consent at the same time if you wish. However you will need BOTH Planning Consent AND Building Rules Consent to get Development Approval.
The Development Application Process
Here is an overview of the steps within the Development Application process.
The approval time for applications differs depending on the complexity of your application. If we need to notify your application, it may take up to two months for approval. This time frame may increase if we need to;
- ask for more information,
- if we receive representations from notified parties,
- or if the application needs to be assessed by the Council Assessment Panel.