Development Application FAQs

Development Application FAQs
Read the most frequently asked questions relating to Development Applications, with some handy facts and information. Development Application FAQs building canterbury bankstown Read the most frequently asked questions relating to development applications, with some handy facts and information. Building; Planning
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​​​​Do I need consent from Council to build?

It depends on what you intend to build, but most building work requires Council approval. You will need to check if you require Council approval before you start. Some very minor building work like cubby houses, barbeques and some pergolas may be exempt. 

What can I build on my property?

Council does not provide general advice regarding the development potential of individual sites. Council's planning controls and policies are available on this website for you to review in order to determine what the site can accommodate. You may need to get some professional advice from an architect, draughtsperson and/or planner, before preparing development plans.

How long does it take before I know if my application is approved?

This may depend on the type of development being considered. For example, we are able to process some smaller developments (known as Complying Development) more quickly than those which fall outside of this classification.

How much will it cost to obtain approval?

Fees are based on the type of approval you need.  Council bases the fees on the value of the building work but you also need to pay for advertising, long service levy and other fees like damage deposit.

What do I need to lodge with my application?

This depends on the type of development. Refer to the Planning and Building Application Lodgement Guide and Checklist.

More information

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For more information, contact Council's Duty Planner on 9707 9000. ​​​

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