The DA process
If you are considering developing, you may need to submit a Development Application (DA) to seek Council approval.
On this page you'll find a step-by-step guide to the DA process. You'll also find some helpful resources and supporting documents you can use to navigate your way through the application process.
Guide to the DA process and how to lodge an application
Lodge your DA on the NSW Planning Portal:The NSW Planning Portal has digitised the planning process. You must lodge DAs online on the NSW Planning Portal.
Our flowchart shows the major steps in the DA process:
The Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure (DPHI) has developed a guide to explain the DA process. This guide will help you prepare and lodge a DA. It also explains the steps required to begin building.
Our fact sheet outlines how to lodge a DA on the NSW Planning Portal:
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Our dedicated team of Development Assessment Officers are working with bushfire-affected residents during the DA process, and these DAs are given priority.
Steps in the DA process
Follow these steps to help you prepare and submit a DA:
Step 1: Does your development need approval?
This page outlines Step 1 of the DA process to help you find out if your development needs approval.
Step 2: Do your research
This page outlines Step 2 of the DA process and the information you need to know about planning controls, clearing vegetation, and building on bushfire-prone land.
Step 3: Prepare your DA
This page outlines Step 3 of the DA process and the supporting documents you will need to submit with your DA.
Step 5: Public notification
This page outlines Step 5 of the DA process and provides information about the public notification of development applications.
Step 6: Council assesses your DA
This page outlines Step 6 of the DA process and how Council will assess your DA.
Step 7: Referrals and consultation
This page outlines Step 7 of the DA process and the referral and consultation stage a DA will go through.
Step 8: Determination and notice
This page outlines Step 8 of the DA process and the next steps involved if a DA is approved.
Step 9: Apply for a Construction Certificate
This page outlines Step 9 of the DA process and the steps you need to take if Council issues development consent (approval).
Resources to help you lodge your DA on the Planning Portal
DPE has a range of resources to guide you through the DA lodgement process:
- YouTube: watch an overview of the Planning Portal
- NSW Planning Portal: applicant resources for the Planning Portal
- NSW Planning Portal: frequently asked questions for the NSW Planning Portal
Frequently asked questions
If you’re a Eurobodalla customer, you can get our answers to frequently asked questions about lodging DAs through the Planning Portal:
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Disclaimer: This page provides a summary of the major issues relating to the submission of plans for a DA. This information does not address every issue that could occur.