The steps after lodgement
Your application will be reviewed to ensure that all supporting documents are attached and fees have been paid. After your application has undergone the initial review you will receive an acknowledgement. This will include an application number which you will need to provide when making enquiries or providing additional information and allows you to track the progress of your application online.
It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the property owner consent has been given and that the proposed development is clear of Hunter Water assets.
Just as you would want to be informed if your neighbours were planning work that may impact you, many development applications are required to be publicly notified or advertised. This allows interested parties to make comments through the application tracker, within a specified time frame.
You will be notified if your application is required to be publicly notified or advertised and the time period in which submissions will be accepted.
You will receive a determination notice on the outcome of your development application.
Should your DA not be approved your determination of the outcome outlines the reasons and provides details on the steps you can take should you wish for a review or appeal of the decision.
What happens after I've received DA approval?
Your approval has come through, however, this is often just the first steps. Outlined within your determination notice will be requirements for how to carry out your development.
It is important to understand that you may have further approvals to obtain before starting work and that any work is carried out in accordance with the conditions set out in your determination notice.
If your proposal includes building or construction work, you'll need to obtain a Construction Certificate.
What happens if I need to make modifications after receiving DA approval?
If you need to make changes to an approved DA you will need to lodge an application under Section 4.55 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act through the NSW Planning Portal.
There are different section 4.55 applications, depending on the nature and complexity of the changes being sought, however, the modification application is used for them all. Once you have logged into the Planning Portal, click 'New' and select 'Development application' from the drop down list. You will be asked to nominate the type of application, at this point select 'Modification application'.
Council’s Duty Officers can provide further advice in relation to the relevant application as well as the supporting documentation and information required. They can be contacted on 02 4934 9700.