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.

Please follow the links below for more information.

Preparing your Development Application

Preparing a Development Application requires a range of specific documents and information to be provided to assist Council in assessing the DA. The information and level of detail will vary depending on the type of works proposed.

For information about what is required, and how to prepare a Development Application, click here.

Development Enquirer

Do you want to see what you can build on your land? Start with Development Enquirer, the first step in your planning process. Simply enter a property address and your proposed works and you will be provided with the information required for the next stage.

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.

Waverley Development Control Plan 2012

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.  The current version of the Waverley Development Control Plan is Amendment No.6 – effective on 1 November 2018.

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Superseded plans

Repealed and superseded Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) and Development Control Plans (DCPs) in Waverley.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

More information

Council has a Duty Planner available to answer general enquiries regarding the planning process.

The Duty Planner is available to:

  • Check that development applications (DA) and other planning applications are complete and have the correct information to avoid delays in the assessment process. Applications will not be accepted if information is inadequate.
  • Provide information on the DA assessment process and how you can track the progress of your DA. The Duty Officer is not able to provide a timeline or estimated time for the determination of an application.
  • Provide information on where you can find Council’s development controls (such as Waverley LEP and Waverley DCP) and provide general assistance with interpretation of the controls. The Duty Planner is not able to provide detailed information on which controls apply to development or the likelihood of any variation to the controls being supported by Council.
  • Providing assistance with understanding plans and information submitted with a development application during the DA notification period. The Duty Planner is not able to provide advice on the likely outcome of any application.
  • Provide information on how you can obtain higher level planning advice via Council’s Pre-DA process. The Duty Planner is not able to provide advice regarding the merits or likelihood of approval of a proposal.
  • Provide general advice on whether a development requires a DA or direct you to where you can obtain this information. The Duty Planner is not able to provide any detailed or site specific assessment or advice as to whether a development meets the provisions as exempt or complying development.
  • Provide information on how you can determine the zoning of a property. Due to legal restrictions, the Duty Officer is not able to provide specific advice on zoning of any property.
  • Provide a range of other general planning related information.

The Duty Officer is not able to provide detailed planning advice or high level planning information. If this is required, you may need to engage your own planning consultant or legal practitioner.

The Duty Planner is located at Council’s Customer Service Centre, 55 Spring Street, Bondi Junction and is available either in person or by phone on 9083 8484, Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm. However, DA lodgements are not accepted after 4pm.