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Assessment of Development Applications

What happens after you lodge your Development Application?

  • The Development Application(323KB, PDF) (DA) may be publicly exhibited and/or notified to neighbouring property owners.
  • The DA may be referred to various sections of Council, government agencies and/or subcommittees for comment or approval.
  • The DA is allocated to a Development Officer within our Development Services Section for assessment.

How is a Development Application assessed?

We assess all DAs on their individual merits having regard to the ‘matters for consideration’ listed under Section 79C of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979. Some of the matters that we must consider when assessing a DA include:

  • The provisions of any relevant Environmental Planning Instrument or Development Control Plan;
  • The environmental, social and economic impacts of the development;
  • The suitability of the site for the development;
  • Any submissions received;
  • The public interest.

How long does it take for a Development Application to be assessed?

The time taken for us to assess your development application depends on a number of circumstances, including the following:

  • Whether the DA was publicly exhibited;
  • Whether there were any objections to the DA;
  • Whether all the necessary information has been submitted;
  • Whether your DA is compliant with applicable planning legislation and policies;
  • Whether government agencies have any comments, concerns or need to provide approval;
  • The complexity of the DA, i.e. the scale of the proposal and the amount of legislation/policy relating to the DA;
  • Whether the DA is determined under delegated authority by Council staff, the Local Planning Panel Planning Panel or the Sydney Western City Planning Panel.



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