Development applications

You may be required to submit a Development Application (DA) before you can make changes to a building or site. This might include:

  • building a residential, commercial or industrial building
  • making an alteration or addition to a residential, commercial or industrial property
  • subdividing land
  • changing the use of a building.

For information about how to prepare a Development Application, click here.

Electronic lodgement guidelines:

Waverley Council requires electronic lodgement of all plans and supporting documentation in digital form (as PDF documents contained on a CD, USB or similar device).

Changes to the Development Application Process from 1 June 2018

What are the changes?

Building and Environmental Enforcement Levy
This is a new levy that will provide for enhanced checking of all building sites throughout Waverley to ensure compliance with relevant development consent conditions. It will also ensure that appropriate environmental protections are in place to reduce impacts on the stormwater system, neighbourhood amenity and the environment.

This levy is calculated at 0.1% of the estimated cost of work to a maximum of $5,000. The levy is applied to every new Development Application at the time of lodgement.

Electronic Lodgement Requirements
Waverley Council have updated the requirements for electronic lodgement of all plans and supporting documentation in digital form (as PDF documents contained on a CD, USB or similar device). The CD/USB will become the property of Waverley Council. Your application will be uploaded into Council’s electronic management system, enabling customers to track the progress of their application online and to provide public exhibition of your DA.

Applications will not be accepted without a valid email address, files combined and labelled in accordance with the requirements that can be found in the Lodgement Guidelines.

Application forms
Application forms have been updated to account for these changes.  Please ensure you log onto Council’s website and download these Development Application forms to complete just before you lodge.

Lodgement of submissions to an application
For lodging submissions to an application, our new email address to send these to is:

Electronic stamped consents
Once your application has been determined, the applicant will be emailed to advise the application has been determined and sent a link to download an electronic copy of the Notice of Determination and associated plans/ documents.  It’s important that a valid email address is provided on your application form. 

DA Tracking Tool
Once your application is lodged with Council, you can follow the progress on Council’s website, via the DA Tracking Tool.

What types of applications do these changes apply to?
- Development Applications (including Modifications and Reviews)
- Pre DAs
- Footpath Seating applications
- Subdivision Certificates
- Heritage Exemption Certificates
- Appeals lodged in the Land and Environment Court

When do these changes occur?
As of 1 June 2018, these changes have taken full effect and that means that all applications must be lodged in accordance with the new digital requirements from that date onwards. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the changes.

If you’ve lodged an application before 1 June 2018, will accept those applications and documentations under the former system. From 1 June 2018 however, applications that fail to provide the documentation in the required manner will not be accepted.

How to find out more information:
We have a Duty Planner available between the hours of 8.30am – to 1pm and 2pm -5.00pm weekdays who can provide you with general planning advice.

The Duty Planner can be contacted on phone 9083 8484 or alternatively, you can drop in for a visit at the Customer Service Centre at 55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction.

How to lodge your application:
BY MAIL with a cheque attached to:

The General Manager Waverley Council
PO Box 9

DX 12006 Bondi Junction

Over the counter:
By courier or personal delivery with payment to be made via cash, cheque, credit card or EFTPOS at the Customer Service Centre at 55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction.

Our Customer Service Centre is open: Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.00pm

Note: No lodgements are accepted between 1 – 2pm or after 4pm on any day.

Download the Info Sheet to find out more.

For more information about DAs, please follow the links below.

Related Documents

Meetings held by the Mayor and Senior Staff with Developers on DAs and Planning Proposals

Need planning advice?

Contact Council's Duty Planner:

  • Phone 9083 8484
  • Visit in person at our Customer Service Centre, 55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction
  • Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm