Building and development process

Thinking of building or developing

You need to establish what you may build on your land, and if you need Council consent to do so. Below we outline the steps involved in the development application process.

  1. Preliminary consultation and preparation
  2. Lodgement
    • Lodge your application:
      • at our Customer Service Centre counter or by mail
      • at a Lodgement Interview (medium or major applications)
  3. Notifications and submissions
    • Notify adjoining properties (where applicable).
    • Undertake internal and external referrals if required.
    • Provide progress of your application through Application Tracking.
    • Make submissions received available for viewing on the internet.
  4. Assessment
    • Undertake a site inspection.
    • Complete formal assessment against relevant legislation.
    • Liaise with applicant if further information is required.
    • Complete a report with recommendation for:
      • approval (with conditions)
      • refusal (with reasons)
  5. Determination
    • A delegated officer or the elected Council will determine the application.
    • Written notice is provided to the applicant and objectors.
    • If dissatisfied, the applicant may seek:
  6. Construction Certificate
    • Appoint a Principal Certifying Authority (if not already appointed).
    • Obtain a Construction Certificate from Council or another accredited certifier, before work commences (if not already obtained).
    • Ensure mandotory inspections are undertaken and certified by the Principal Certifying Authority.
  7. Development commencement
    • Lodge Notice of Commencement at least two days prior to commencing works.
    • Undertake construction in accordance with your DA and CC approved plans and conditions.
    • Ensure mandatory inspections are undertaken and certified by the Principal Certifying Authority.
  8. Development occupation/use
    • Undertake a final inspection and issue an Occupation Certificate when construction is completed and considered compliant.
    • The building should not be occupied prior to an Interim or Final Occupation Certificate being issued.

Page last updated: 31 January 2017