How to lodge a planning application
To make the process as streamlined as possible the following three steps take you through the initial planning phase of your project right through to lodging your application.
We encourage you to talk to us about your building or development options early on in your planning. You can speak with our Duty Planner or Building Surveyor on 02 4934 9700 (available 8.30am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday at Council's administration building) who will provide you with information that will assist you in moving your project forward. At this point we also advise you to obtain a fee quote by speaking with Councils Citizen Services Team.
Complete the application form outlining the following essential information:
- applicant and owners details.
- property details.
- description of the development.
- the proposed details.
- the type of development consent for which you are applying.
A specification is required to describe the construction and materials from which the building is to be constructed, a Statement of Environmental Effects (or Environmental Impact Statement for Designated Development), and a BASIX certificate also needs to be included with the application.
Some applications will require additional plans be submitted, such as landscape, drainage, bulk earthworks and driveway profile plans, however the following plans are always required to accompany a DA where building work is proposed:
- Site Plan.
- Floor Plan.
- Elevation Plan.
The application form must be signed. By signing the form, you are consenting to the application being lodged over your property.
If you have made any reportable political donations please complete a disclosure statement of political donations and gifts form, which is to be submitted with your application. To find out more you can read our information on political donations.
For more detailed information on the process and what is required to be submitted with your application you can read through our Development Application Guide.
Specifications for plans
All plans are to be drawn to a standard scale, which is to be nominated on the plan. All plans should be no larger than A3.
Site plans are required to be stamped by the Hunter Water Corporation to ensure that development is clear of Hunter Water sewer mains. Hunter Water have an application process for stamping building plans as they no longer stamp plans over the counter. To find out more visit the Hunter Water website or contact 1300 657 657.
Should your property be located in a mine subsidence area, your plans will also need to be stamped by the Mine Subsidence Board.
You've made it this far, have filled out your application form and are now ready to lodge.
To avoid any delays in processing ensure everything that is necessary is included and that all applications have a copy of all plans and documentation, stamped by Hunter Water and the Mine Subsidence Board where applicable. These documents can be uploaded electronically through our online submission form. Please note these must be labelled appropriately and be in PDF format. If the files are too large for upload you may need to compress these documents.
To lodge your application you can do so online through our webform.
At this point you will also need to pay the quoted application fee which you can do through cheque or EFT or if you have submitted your application we will ring you for payment once it is received at Council.