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 this service is to identify any issues or concerns with a proposal that should be addressed prior a formal development application being lodged. Formal advice is then provided whether via a meeting (dependent on circumstances) and/or in written advice, outlining any issues that should be address prior to the subsequent lodgement of the Development Application (DA).

While the pre-DA service is not a prerequisite to a DA, Waverley Council encourages pre-DAs for the following types of developments:

  • New multi dwelling housing, residential flat buildings and other residential buildings, including boarding houses, student housing and serviced apartments
  • 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);
  • Significant developments (developments with a value of $20m +)
  • Institutional buildings;
  • Significant alterations and additions to buildings in the B1 (Neighbourhood centre), B3 (Commercial core) and B4 (Mixed Use) zones; and
  • Where significant site constraints exist.

Pre-DAs for any other type of development, particularly for low density residential development, will not be accepted.

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 Council's key issues, design modifications required and whether to proceed with the application. This service is provided for a fee which is based on the cost of the proposed development.

Developments which require review by the Design Excellence Advisory Panel are also encouraged to be reviewed at Pre-DA stage, as the Panel's involvement at an early stage of the design process is useful prior to formal Development Application lodgement. Review by the Panel requires the submission of 4 additional copies of the plans and incurs a fee. You can obtain a quote for Pre-DA fees for the Design Excellence Advisory Panel by calling 9083 8000. Please refer to the Design Excellence Advisory Panel page for further information of what types of development this includes.

Once you have lodged your pre-DA application, it will be allocated to an available Development Assessment Planner to assess before advice can be provided. The advice will be provided in writing, and if necessary, also conveyed in a meeting. Should a meeting be required,  the Assessment Planner will arrange a time to meet with you to discuss the proposal.

The relevant forms are below:

Download the Pre-Development Application form

Download the Electronic Lodgement Guidelines

Electronic Lodgement Guidelines

Waverley Council requires electronic lodgement of all plans and supporting documentation for all Planning and Building applications in digital form (as PDF documents contained on a CD, USB or similar device). The documents must be submitted in a particular format which is outlined in Council's Electronic Lodgment Guidelines.

Need more information?

Council has a Duty Planner available for general enquiries relating to the planning process, policies and lodgement requirements.The Duty Officer is not able to provide detailed planning advice or high level planning information. You can email your enquiry to or

  • Phone: 9083 8000
  • In person at our Customer Service Centre, 55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction (Monday to Friday 8:30am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm)