How to lodge a Development Application

How to lodge a Development Application
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Lodging a Development Application needn’t be confusing when you follow our step-by-step guide. lodge development application canterbury bankstown Lodging a development application needn’t be confusing when you follow our step-by-step guide.  
 
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Development Application Process

​​​​​​A Development Application (DA) is a formal request for permission to carry out 'development'. 

'Development' includes: ​

  • The erection and/or alteration of a building or structure; 
  • Any work in, over, or under land; 
  • The use of land or a building; and 
  • The subdivision of land. 

All such work requires a Development Application unless it is listed as 'exempt development' or 'complying deve​lopment'. Development Applications can be simple proposals that can be determined relatively quickly or can be more complex proposals that fall under 'Integrated' or 'Designated' development under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

Below is a brief overview of the DA process:

Submitting a DA

  • Prepare your application
    • Review the relevant codes and policies;
    • Attend Pre-lodgement meetings with Council if necessary;
    • Complete the development application form. You will need to fill out the development application form and obtain all the land owners' consent; and
    • Go through the DA application l​odgement guide and checklist.
  • Lodge your application​​​

​Lodge your application and pay the relevant fees. It is best if you come into Council to lodge your application to make sure that all the information you need to supply has been provided. 

You can lodge your application at both the Bankstown and Campsie Customer Service Centres betwen the hours of 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

Assessment of a Development Application

Once you submit your DA, the DA will be registered on our system and you will be allocated a DA number. You will need to use the DA number to follow up on how your DA is going.

  1. Initial review
    The DA will be allocated to an assessment team who will conduct an initial review of your DA proposal.
  2. Expert referrals
     If necessary, your application will be sent for expert referrals to applicable bodies, internal and external to Council. 
  3. Advertising and notification period
    Most applications have an advertising period and notification period where local residents are able to make a submission in relation to your development. 
  4. Outcome of initial Assessment
    If Council needs additional information to finalise the assessment of your DA, we will defer the application until such time as the additional information is received. You will receive written correspondence from us as to the additional information sought.
    If Council identifies major deficiencies with your DA, you may be given the option of withdrawing the DA prior to the finalisation of the assessment, which could otherwise lead to the application being refused.
  5. Final Assessment
    Once all the information sought is received, or you advise Council that you will not be submitting any new information, Council undertakes a final assessment of your DA. 
  6. DA Determination 
    Once an assessment has been finalised, applications can be determined either under delegated authority or by reporting the matter to the Canterbury Bankstown Local Planning Panel (CBLPP).​ Read more abo​ut the Canterbury Bankstown Local Planning Panel (CBLPP)​.
    You are then notified in writing of the determination of your DA (whether your DA has been approved or refused). If your DA has been approved, Council will usually impose certain conditions that need to be adhered to in respect of the DA approval. If your DA has been refused, Council will state the reasons for refusing the DA.

Development Application next steps

Notice of determination

After your application has been determined you will receive a 'Notice of Determination of Development Application'. The notice will tell you whether Council has approved or refused your application.

If your application is approved, the notice will detail any conditions of consent. It will also tell you when the consent becomes effective, and when it will lapse.

If your application is refused, the notice will give the reasons for refusal. The n​otice will also explain your right of appeal to the Land and Environment Court.

Conditions of consent

If your development application is approved, then you must ensure that the development is carried out in accordance with any relevant conditions. You cannot alter or vary the development (or the way in which it operates) unless the terms of the consent are modified. To do this, you must make an application to modify the consent under Section 96 of the Act. An additional fee applies.

Sydney Water - Section 73 Certificate

If your Development Consent allows to you "intensify" your site e.g.: build extra dwellings such as a dual occupancy, you will find a condition on the consent requiring that you obtain a Section 73 Certificate from Sydney Water. You can find out more information about obtaining a Section 73 Compliance Certificate from the "Developing" section of Sydney Water's website.

Other a​pprovals

If your proposal involves building work, you will need to obtain a Construction Certificate for the detailed building plans or engineering drawings. In most cases, you can not commence construction without a construction certificate.

Find out more about certification and Construction Certificates on our designated page. Your proposal may also require an approval or licence from another government agency. It is your responsibility to obtain any additional approval that may be required before you commence the development.

Contact

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