The New South Wales planning system enables and guides development to ensure we have housing, jobs and a healthy environment.
Many forms of development require approval from your council, technically known as development consent. You apply for development consent by lodging a development application (DA).
The DA process can be confusing for first time applicants. This guide explains the process and assists you in preparing and lodging a DA, as well as explaining the next steps to get you building.
The guide is helpful for:
This guide is most relevant to small residential development including:
This guide deals with DAs that require development consent from council. It does not deal with State significant development determined by or on behalf of the Minister. It briefly describes exempt and complying development to make you aware of those approval pathways.
Page last updated: 19/02/2019