Information on Development Application Assessment


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Information on Development Application Assessment

How will my application be determined?

Once lodged with Council, your application is assessed and then determined by one of the following decision making processes:

By Council’s Development Assessment Unit (DAU) meeting. Development applications determined by the DAU are those which do not comply with the relevant planning regulations or policies, or where an objection has been submitted.

By an Ordinary Meeting of the Council. Development applications determined by the elected Council are those of a controversial nature that may have been referred by the DAU or attracted a large volume of objection.

Under Delegated Authority (two or three Delegated Authority Meetings occur every year over the Christmas/New Year period, when Council is in recess).

Sydney West Central Planning Panel (SWCPP). Development Applications determined by the Regional Panel include designated development, development with a capital investment value (CIV) over $20 million, the following development with a CIV over $5 million:

  • Certain public and private infrastructure;
  • Crown development;Development where Council is the proponent or has a conflict of interest;Ecotourism;
  • Subdivision of land into more than 250 lots. Certain coastal developments previously assessed as Major Projects to be determined by the Minister under the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act (EP&A Act).

Development Application Communication Protocol Brochure(PDF, 1MB)


After my application is determined, how will I be advised?

You will be advised in writing of the determination of your application.  Should there be any outstanding fees, these fees will need to be paid prior to release of approval.

If however, your application is granted consent and there are no outstanding matters, then you will be sent a copy of the Development Consent including Conditions of Consent and Approved Plans.

Please note that if prior to release of Development Consent you are providing Home Warranty Insurance and the value of the insurance differs by more than $25,000 from what was nominated on the application form, you are required to complete Home Warranty Insurance - Statement of Inclusions(PDF, 94KB) and return to Council with the Home Warranty Insurance Certificate.

Should your application be refused, a refusal notice will be sent advising of the grounds of refusal.


What does 'Stop the Clock' mean?

“Stop the Clock” is a time period after a Development Application (DA) is lodged where Council staff await applicants to provide sufficient information to enable an informed decision to be made on a DA. This period of time is not included in calculating the overall time taken to assess the DA.