DA Tracking Explanation
STEP 1 | Application Lodged
This is the initial stage process. It means the development application has been registered and recorded on Council’s electronic systems and the associated fees have been paid.
STEP 2 | Assigned to Assessing Officer
This means the development application has been assigned to a Council staff member for processing. As part of this stage, you can expect a courtesy phone call from the Assessing Officer to introduce themselves. The staff member will remain your point of contact throughout the assessment process.
STEP 3 | On Public Exhibition
ON PUBLIC EXHIBITION
During this stage, letters are sent to the owners of all properties directly affected by your proposed development. this letter allows these owners fourteen (14) days to lodge a submission to Council stating any objection or support for an application. This exhibition is open for a minimum fourteen (14) day period.Please note that not all development applications are subject to 'on public exhibition'.
STEP 4 | Referred Internally
This stage involves the development application being referred to another department within Council for technical comment. this may involve Health & Buliding for structural advice, Development Engineering for water and sewer advice, or Planning for heritage advice.
This stage can take up to two working weeks to complete.
Please not not all development applications are subject to 'referred internally'.
STEP 5 | Referred Externally
This is a similar process to that which is outlined under the referred internally stage. In this case however the application is referred to a department/organisation which is external to Council. These departments include; NSW Office of Water, NSW Fire Brigade, NSW Rural Fire Service and the Environmental Protection Authority amongst others.
It can take up to four (4) weeks for Council to receive comments from these external departments.
Please note not all development applications are subject to ‘referred externally’.
STEP 6 | Preliminary Assessment
In this stage the Assessing Officer carries out an initial desk top assessment of the application and determines if all required information has been submitted to allow for a more thorough assessment. If any information or documents are missing, this is the stage where a letter is sent to the applicant requesting the additional information.
Please note if further information is required the development application will not progress passed this stage until the required documentation has been provided to Council.
STEP 7 | On-Site Inspection
ON-SITE INSPECTION During this stage the Assessing Officer visits the site to determine if there are any noticeable constraints that are not able to be identified from either the plans or by using Council systems.
STEP 8 | Complete Assessment
Once at this stage the Assessing Officer has all information they require to complete a thorough assessment of the application. This assessment will determine if the application is to be approved or refused.
Some applications cannot be determined by Council Staff and have to be referred to the elected Councillors for determination. In this case the assessment report will make a recommendation for approval or refusal before being forwarded to the next Council Meeting. These meetings generally occur every second Wednesday. If your application has been referred to a Council Meeting you will receive a letter inviting you to speak at open day which occurs immediately before the meeting commences.
STEP 9 | Determination Made
This is the final stage in the development assessment process. Once complete the application has now formally been approved or refused. You can expect a phone call advising you of the outcome at this point.
The determination certificate will now be typed up, signed, placed in the mail and sent to the Applicant.