The Development Application Matrix Guide and the Development Application form outline the information required to be submitted with a development application and the level of detail generally required. The matrix is intended to ensure that Council has sufficient information to determine the likely impacts of a proposal, including compliance with the relevant Planning Controls.
A completed Development Application form must be signed by the property owner and lodged with payment of the appropriate fees. All development applications must be lodged with a Political Donations and Gifts Disclosures Statement. A guide to Lodging a Development Application and a Policy for Handling of Development Applications are available.
If your application triggers the Water Sensitive Design Development Control Plan (DCP 54), you will need to complete the appropriate checklist and submit it with your application.
Small Scale Development Checklist (where the allotment area is less than 2000m2)
Large Scale Development Checklist (where the allotment area is greater than 2000m2)
Fact Sheets referred to in the Development Application form are: Integrated Development, Section 68, Traffic Impact Assessment Report.
Some development applications will require the preparation of reports and studies by appropriately qualified experts. Examples of the range of reports and studies that could be required include:
Dependent upon the location and environmental significance of your property, you may need to consult with Council's Natural Systems & Estuaries Section with regard to potential impacts on koala habitat, wildlife corridors, wetlands, littoral rainforests and coastal protection areas. If any of these issues are significant and relevant to your proposal you may be required to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, Flora and/or Fauna Study.
Flooding, stormwater drainage and vehicular access issues may require consultation with Council's Transport Assets Section within the Engineering Services Division. Detailed Engineering Plans may be required to be prepared as part of your development application.
Garbage storage and disposal for larger developments and events may require consultation with Council's Waste Management Section.
Development applications with health and safety requirements e.g. hairdressers, tattoo, restaurants and take away shops, must consult with Council's Environmental Health Section.
Applications incorporating an on-site effluent disposal system shall require consultation with Council's On-site Management Section to discuss and determine an appropriate method of disposal for your property and the requirements for a geotechnical report.
Building in Bushfire Prone Areas
Council must consider the impact of bushfire on any proposed development. Development applications for bushfire prone land may be referred to the NSW Rural Fire Service. The NSW Rural Fire Service has produced guideline documents for building in bushfire prone areas. The two most commonly used guideline documents are:
Copies of these documents are available from the NSW Rural Fire Service website www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.
Designated and Integrated Development Applications
Designated development is defined in accordance with Schedule 3 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979.
Integrated Development is defined in accordance with Section 91 of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979.
Please note that if your application is for Designated or Integrated Development, additional information and additional fees may be required. It is recommended that if you believe your application is for designated or integrated development you have a Preliminary Assessment meeting with Council prior to lodgement of your development application.