Step 2: Do your research
- You can use our land-mapping tool to access information on your property to help you prepare your DA. This includes zoning, heritage, and development control information.
- Read our local plans to find out how they will affect your proposal:
- The Eurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012 (LEP) sets out land zones and the types of development you can carry out.
- Development Control Plans (DCPs) set out the design controls for new development and any relevant Council policies. Use the table of contents in the DCPs as a guide for the type of issues you may need to address in your design.
- Before you get started on your DA, we can help you to understand the development process and answer your questions.
Clearing vegetation and development
- The Biodiversity Offsets Scheme (BOS) was established under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
- You will need to find out if the BOS applies to your development by reading the first step on our web page 'If your development involves clearing vegetation'.
- If the BOS applies, your application for development or clearing approval must set out how you will avoid or minimise impacts on biodiversity.
- Follow the steps outlined on our biodiversity impact web page.
Building and development on bushfire-prone land
- Bushfire-prone land is an area of land that can support a bushfire or is subject to bushfire attack, as indicated on a bushfire-prone land map.
- You will need to check if your land is in a bushfire-prone area.
- If you're building a new residential dwelling or renovating a property on bushfire-prone land, you must comply with:
- the requirements of NSW RFS’ Planning for Bushfire Protection 2019. This document outlines bushfire protection measures for new development in NSW, such as Asset Protection Zones (APZs) and emergency access
- Australian Standard: 3959-2018 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas (AS3959-2018).
- Some types of development will need a bushfire safety authority from the NSW Rural Fire Service, such as:
Documents to submit with your DA
You'll need to engage a qualified consultant in bushfire risk assessment to prepare a Bushfire Risk Assessment Report and Bushfire Risk Assessment Certificate. The consultant can also provide advice on what building materials you can use in your development proposal.
Please note, the Bushfire Risk Assessment Report must include:
- the Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) that applies to your property
- the relevant APZ
- advice that your development complies with the requirements of Planning for Bushfire Protection 2019 and AS3959-2018
- plans referenced the same as the plans you submit with your DA.