What is a Development Application?

A development application (DA) is an application for the:

  • Erection of a building;
  • Carrying out of work;
  • Subdivision of land;
  • Demolition of a building;
  • Erecting signage; or
  • Use of land.
When is a DA required?

If you want to carry out any of the above acitivities you are required to lodge a development application (unless the proposal is defined as Exempt or Complying Development).

Who can assist you?

If you are unsure whether your proposal requires a DA and/or you would like information on lodging your DA, Council’s Health & Building Officer is available by phoning (02) 6827 1900 or visiting Council’s Administration Centre.

What do you need to lodge with your DA?
  • A completed DA form;
  • Fees;
  • Architectural plans of the site and building;
  • A statement of environmental effects;
  • Expert reports (as relevant to the DA), eg traffic report, acoustic report, stormwater report/plan, landscaping report/plan, engineering design/plan, heritage impact report.
What are Council’s responsibilities in assessing DAs?

Council must assess all DAs on their individual merits having regard to the ‘planning matters for consideration’ under Section 79C of the EP&A Act 1979. Council must consider any relevant Environmental Planning InstrumentDevelopment Control Plan and other prescribed matter. In addition, Council must consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of the development, any submissions received and the public interest. Council cannot approve or refuse a development application unless the decision is for a ‘planning purpose’.

What happens if your DA is sent to a Council meeting for determination?
  • Councillors may wish to inspect your property at a later date, in which case, you will be requested to make the site available for inspection;
  • You will be advised of the details of the Council meeting at which the DA is scheduled to be determined.
What happens after you lodge the DA?
  • The DA may be publicly exhibited and/ or notified to neighbouring property owners;
  • The DA may be referred to various sections of Council, Government Agencies and/or subcommittees for comment;
  • The DA is assessed by the Council Health & Building Officer.
How can you assist in the process?
  • Keep in regular contact with the Development Officer assessing your DA;
  • Promptly inform the Development Officer of any changes to your circumstances and/or any difficulties or delays you are having submitting required information.
How long does it take?

The time taken for Council to assess your development application depends on a number of circumstances, inlcuding the following:

  • Whether the DA was publicly exhibited;
  • Whether there were any objections to the DA;
  • Whether all the necessary information has been submitted;
  • Whether Government Agencies have any comments or concerns;
  • The complexity (amount of legislation) relating to the DA;
  • Whether the DA is determined under delegated authority or by Councillors.
For further information contact:

Health & Building Officer
Coonamble Shire Council
80 Castlereagh Street
COONAMBLE NSW 2829
PO Box 249, COONAMBLE NSW 2829
Tel: (02) 6827 1900 Fax: (02) 6822 1626
Email: council@coonambleshire.nsw.gov.au

To download the DA form click here

DA Help Guide DA Help Guide (320 KB)