Development Applications

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Development Application or Complying Development Certificate?

Whether you need a Development Application (DA) or Complying Development Certificate (CDC) for your project depends on several factors, including: boundary setbacks, lot size and type of street frontage. Generally, simple new builds and renovations to existing properties tend to comply to CDC codes, while a challenging site and ambitious build will likely require a DA from your local Sydney council.

I need a DA!

The DA is submitted directly to your local council to obtain formal consent to carry out your development. The development must adhere to specific council code, and every council will have their own set of requirements. Check with your council to see if DA approval is required. It is generally needed for:

  • New residential constructions
  • Extensions
  • Demolitions
  • Subdivisions
  • Renovations in heritage conservation areas
  • Bushfire or flood-prone areas

The cost of your DA will depend on the size and type of proposed development. Each council will have a DA fee that will need to be lodged alongside your application. Your council will review your application and consider zoning regulations, local environment plans, development control plans, land use regulations and visual impact.

I need help with my DA!

We work with you and your local council to ensure all the required paperwork is correctly provided. We create documentation including architectural drawings, a statement of environmental effects, a waste management report and shadow diagrams. Our years of working with DAs and councils in Sydney mean that we can identify and solve potential issues with your development to ensure your DA has the best chance of a quick and easy approval.

Call us on (02) 9565 2265 to get your DA under way.

Throughout the design process Cameron was client focused to get everything 'just right'. And the result: the DA sailed through council without even a site visit. I cannot recommend Design Plus Drafting enough.

Karen – Stanmore
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