Development Application

Development Applications (commonly called DA’s) are a formal request for permission to carry out a proposed development including building, subdividing, change of land use, landscaping or other works.

It is important to know how to submit a DA properly so you can get Council approval.

About DA’s

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has a useful guide to the DA process.

A Development Application, commonly referred to as a DA is assessed based on its merits and should align to the development standards, controls and provisions as set out in Council’s:

Upon an acceptable assessment outcome of your proposed development, Council will issue a Development Consent under Section 4.18 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 which will outline the Conditions of Consent that you will need to meet.

Upon receiving your DA Approval and prior to commencing you will need to obtain a Construction Certificate for any building works and/or a Subdivision Works Certificate for any subdivision works and appoint a Principle Certifier.  

Council provides these services and offer a discounted fee when a Construction Certificate is applied for at the same time as the DA.

Guide to lodging a DA

What level of detail is required?

The requirements for lodging a Development Application are mandated by legislation.  Refer to the HUB and the checklist on the application form for further guidance.

Why do delays happen?

One of the most common reasons for delays in receiving approval is a lack of required information or inadequate information on plans and documentation.


Council recommends engaging a suitable professional to assist in preparing your application if you are unsure of the requirements.

You will generally need, at a minimum, to employ the services of a designer or draftsperson.

Complicated proposals

For more complicated proposals, you may need the services of an architect and may also need the services of a qualified consultant town planner to prepare your Statement of Environmental Effects.

You may also need to consider engaging other professionals such as a heritage professional, traffic planner, bushfire consultant, engineer or registered surveyor.

Should I have a prelodgement meeting?

Staff do not offer a design consultancy service or undertake research to identify planning controls, however, for larger proposals within the Shoalhaven, it would be useful to have a prior discussion with Council's assessment staff.

Initial enquiries should be directed to:

Further information about Prelodgement meetings can be found in the HUB.

How do I lodge an application?

Lodge the completed application by:


All applications must be electronic. No paper copies are accepted.

From 1 December 2020, all applications to Council need to be lodged through the NSW Planning Portal. The NSW Planning Portal is now open and accepting applications.

Further information about Electronic lodgement can be found in the HUB.

Last updated on 29 October 2020