Planning a development

Planning a development in Waverley? We have a range of policies, tools and resources that can help you understand the types and scope of development possible on your site.

This page provides links to the online planning maps, local policies and guidelines you should review to see what rules apply to your proposed development on your property.

Please follow the links below for more information.

Before You Dig Australia (BYDA)

BYDA provides a single point of contact to request free information about any infrastructure networks at your planned project site without needing to contact utility organisations individually.

Online maps

Waverley Council offers public access to interactive maps of the Waverley Local Government Area (LGA), together with community information about local services, facilities and planning controls. If you can't find what you're looking for from our online maps, you can request a custom map from Council’s GIS team.

Waverley Local Environmental Plan 2012

The Local Environmental Plan (LEP) is the principal environmental planning instrument used by councils to regulate land use and influences planning and development decisions within the LGA. The LEP contains land zonings, permissible uses, key development standard relating to Floor Space Ratio (FSR), Height and Subdivision land size for land within the area.

Waverley Development Control Plan 2022

The Waverley Development Control Plan (DCP) supports the controls outlined in the Local Environment Plan (LEP) with more specific planning and design guidelines, including built form controls, parking, biodiversity and tree preservation, signage, heritage conservation and safety.

Policies and guidelines

Council has a number of policies and guidelines that provide additional information and guidance to the controls included within the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and the Waverley Development Control Plan (DCP).

Superseded plans

Repealed and superseded Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) and Development Control Plans (DCPs) in Waverley.

Access to Information

You may request a building file search for a property, which means Council will search its files for any record of development or building approvals and make it available for you to view.

Exempt and complying development

Exempt Development is minor work which does not require planning approval and therefore does not require lodgement of a Development Application (DA).

Click here for more information about Developing in Waverley.

Click here for more information about how to prepare a Development Application.

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 make an appointment to speak to a duty planner HERE