In order to carry out certain types of developments, an application may need to be made for a development permit. The development application provides information to the assessment manager about the proposed development to enable the assessment manager to properly assess the application. Development applications must be made using the approved form or through Smart eDA.
Depending on the type of development proposed, the application may require information about what the development will look like when complete, the materials to be used, and any impacts the proposed development may have on the surrounding environment.
Development applications lodged prior to 18 December 2009 are assessed under the Integrated Planning Act 1997. Applications lodged on or after 18 December 2009 are assessed under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.
The process for assessing and deciding developments is known as the Integrated Development Assessment System (IDAS). To assist you in making a development application, an overview of the steps involved in making an application is available. For complex applications or applications in environmentally sensitive areas, it is recommended that professional advice be obtained.
Development application steps:
- Is it required?
- Public notification
- Making changes to your application
Throughout the process, development applications may be modified by the applicant. Depending on the nature of the change, some steps of the assessment process may need to be repeated.
More information on how the development assessment process relates to your proposal can be found out by contacting your local council.
New development assessment processes introduced under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 for certain developments that require a compliance permit.
Deemed approvals is a new provision introduced with the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and applies to state and local government assessment managers.
Prohibited development is a new category which relates to developments that are not allowed to be applied for or built.
A self-assessable development is one which is identified by an assessment manager as not needing a development permit or compliance permit but must still comply with certain requirements.