Pre-Development Applications

Waverley Council offers a Pre-DA (Development Application) service where you can lodge a preliminary application with Council to obtain an opinion on a proposal before you lodge a formal development application.

Waverley Council's pre-DA lodgement service provides future applicants who have already prepared concept development plans with the opportunity to discuss the details of their proposal. While your plans need not be to DA lodgement standard, the more detail you provide the better, as it enables us to provide more useful advice on your proposal.

The purpose of these meetings is to identify any issues or concerns with proposals that should be addressed prior a formal development application being lodged. Formal correspondence is then provided, outlining any issues that will need to be considered prior to the subsequent lodgement of the Development Application (DA).

Waverley Council encourages pre-DA meetings for the following types of developments:

  • Residential development for multi-unit developments, residential flat buildings, mixed use developments with both residential and commercial and large scale subdivisions;
  • Commercial development (other than: minor additions/alterations or change of use applications);
  • Industrial development (other than minor additions/alterations or change of use applications);
  • Other development where significant site constraints exist

The Pre-DA consultation service cannot determine the outcome of a future DA and does not bind Council, however it provides useful advice regarding your proposal and can help in determining whether to proceed with the application. This service is provided for a fee which is based on the cost of the proposed development.

If the development is subject to assessment against SEPP 65 (Design Quality of Residential Flat Development), then an additional fee will apply for the proposal to be reviewed by the Design Excellence Panel. You can obtain a quote for Pre-DA fees by calling 9083 8000.

Once you have lodged your pre-DA application, it will be allocated to a Development Assessment Planner who will review the proposal, undertake a site visit and arrange a time to meet with you at Council to discuss the proposal. Formal written advice will follow. For minor applications, a meeting may not be necessary and only written advice will be provided.

The relevant forms are below:

Download the Pre-Development Application form

Download the Digital file requirements form

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Need planning advice?

Contact Council's Duty Planner

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