Preparing your Development Application

Before you can make changes to a building or occupy premises in the local area you may need to lodge a Development Application (DA). A DA can only be approved by a local council (or, for very large, State-significant development proposals, the State Government), and it is assessed in accordance with the development standards established by Council.

These development standards include “merit” considerations, which means that when the application is being assessed, a building that does not exactly fit the development standards can still be approved “on its merits”. Wherever a building does not meet either the exempt or complying development rules, then a Development Application will need to be lodged.

The following list of documents provides a summary of the documents you need to submit as part of your Development Application.

General DA Checklist
This checklist is to be submitted with all DAs and identifies what plans and documentation is being submitted with the application.

Development Application – Part A & Part B
Required for all DAs. Development consent cannot be granted unless the form is completed and submitted.

Compliance Table
This is required to be submitted with all applications and identifies how your DA complies with the relevant numerical provisions of Council’s Planning Controls.

Site Waste & Recycling Management Plan
This is a checklist that is required to be submitted with your DA and identifies the proposed garbage storage facilities for the development.

Political Donations and Gifts Disclosure Statement
This statement may be required when lodging a DA or making a submission on a DA.

3D Digital Models
This checklist will help you if you are required to submit a 3D digital model as part of your Development Application (DA). Visit our 3D Modelling webpage for more information.

Digital file requirements 

Other information that may assist you in preparing your application is:

New DA requirements

From 1 October 2014, all building applications submitted to Council must include a CD / USB that contains all forms, plans and documents in soft copy.

Download the information sheet to find out more.

Need planning advice?

Contact Council's Duty Planner

  • Phone 9083 8484
  • Visit in person at our Customer Service Centre, 55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction