How to Submit a Development Application

Where can I lodge my Development Application?

Applications may be lodged at Council's Main Customer Service Centre and are also accepted at Castle Hill Library or Vinegar Hill Memorial Library, Rouse Hill.

If you intend to apply at the Library, it is recommended you first phone Council's Customer Service Centre on (02) 9843 0555 to discuss your application and obtain an application code and fee quote.


What information is needed to accompany an application?

All applications are to be made on the standard Development Application form, signed by all owners of the site and accompanied by a Statement of Environmental Effects and the required plans including the appropriate fee.

In regard to ownership details, if the subject property is under the ownership of a company it is necessary for the company seal to be affixed to the application and signed by a representative of the company, identifying their position. (Schedule of fees available from the Customer Service Centre.)

The number and type of plans to be submitted and extent of detail to be provided depends on the type of development proposed and its complexity. The minimum documentation required to accompany a DA is specified by Schedule 1 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.


Note: All hard copy Development Applications lodged with Council are required to be accompanied by a CD, DVD or USB drive with electronic files containing all documentation. This requirement also applies to the submission of revised information during the development assessment process.


Relevant Documents

Fact Sheet - Preparing Plans for Development Applications(PDF, 696KB)

Guidelines - Electronic Lodgement of Development Application files(PDF, 142KB)


S94A Contributions Plan - visit Development Contributions page for more information

Schedule 1 - Cost Summary Report less than 3M(PDF, 2MB)

Schedule 2 - Detailed Cost Report over 3M(PDF, 3MB)


Construction Certificate

Any development application is to be followed by a Construction Certificate to build or construct works, and may be issued by Council or a private certifier.

Guide to Appointing Council as Your Certifying Authority(PDF, 82KB)


Are there any fees? (Compliance Levy)

Please note that Development Applications lodged under the provisions of Schedule 1 of SEPP (Major Development) 2005 and those applications subject to the Sydney Central City Planning Panel are to use the definition of Capital Investment Value as defined within the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulations 2000.

Capital investment value of a development or project includes all costs necessary to establish and operate the project, including the design and construction of buildings, structures, associated infrastructure and fixed or mobile plant and equipment.

Submission of the Development Application must be accompanied by the appropriate Development Application fee. A Schedule of Fees can be obtained from Council’s Customer Service Centre. The calculated fee is based on the estimated cost of the work for the development.

If you are proposing to pay your application fees using a credit card, please complete Payment by credit card form(PDF, 469KB) with the preferred option and include the form with your application.

Compliance Levy

Fact Sheet - Compliance Levy(PDF, 1MB)


Will my neighbours be advised of the application?

Public notification of an application depends on the type of development proposed. However, it is advised, prior to lodgement of the development application with Council that you discuss your proposal with your neighbours.

It may also provide an opportunity for you to consider any suggestions from your neighbours and thereby avoid delay in the processing of the application at a later date.

Guideline - Should I Make a Submission(PDF, 129KB)


Political Donations of Gifts

Any applicant is required to disclose the following reportable political donations and gifts (if any) made by the applicant or any person with a financial interest in the application within the period commencing two (2) years before the application is made and ending when the application is determined.

  • All reportable political donations made to any local Councillor of that Council.
  • All gifts made to any local Councillor or employee of that Council. (This includes any donations made at the time the person was a candidate for election to Council)

The disclosure of a reportable political donation or gift is to be made:

  • In, or in a statement accompanying the relevant planning application. if the donation or gift is made before the application or submission is made, or
  • If the donation or gift is made afterwards, in a statement of the person to whom the planning application was made within seven (7) days after the donation or gift is made.