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Document Requirements

A Development Application is a formal request to Council for permission to carry out development/work. As defined in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (EP&A Act) 1979, it means an application for consent under Part 4 (of the Act) to carry out development and includes the following parts:

  • A completed DA form (also available from Council's Customer Service Centre)
  • A completed DA checklist (also available from Council's Customer Service Centre)
  • Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE)
  • Plans/drawings and other supporting documentation
  • Payment of fees


Placing importance on preparing a high quality application will assist in producing an efficient and timely assessment. The assessment process is often delayed due to a number of reasons including:

  • Poor quality plans and Statement of Environmental Effects
  • Poor compliance with development rules
  • Unsatisfactory stormwater drainage designs

Furthermore, Council requests additional information from more than 30% of all applications. To assist you in producing high quality applications, you should refer to the Development Application Guide.

Council has also prepared a range of checklists that outline the specific requirements for each type of development. These must be completed in conjunction with the application form. Lodgement Checklists can be found in the Building and Development Forms section.

From 1 July 2012, Council will require electronic lodgement of all plans and supporting documentation in digital form (as PDF documents contained on a CD or USB flash drive or similar device). The CD/USB will become the property of Council. We have prepared electronic lodgement guidelines to assist applicants. Additional assistance is available by contacting Council's Development Advisory Service on 1300 581 299.


You can lodge your application in person at the Development Advisory Service Counter, situated in Council's Customer Service Centre at 444-446 Princes Highway, Rockdale. Applications must be lodged between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday and between 9am and 12:30pm Saturday.

If your application has a value in excess of $1 million, you are advised to book a lodgement meeting by contacting Council's Development Advisory Service on 1300 581 299.


Fees are calculated on a scale based on the estimated cost of development (or the number of lots in the case of subdivision). Refer to the Fees & Charges section of Council's City Plan for more information

Long Service Levy

The New South Wales Parliament has put a levy on building and construction work costing $25,000 and above (inclusive of GST) in New South Wales.

The levy is paid by the owners of a building or construction project into a fund administered by the Building and Construction Industry Long Service Payments Corporation, and from this fund, the Corporation makes long service payments to building and construction workers.

The Levy is payable for building and construction projects costing $25,000 or more (inclusive of GST) and is payable at local councils or at the Corporation.

Tree Inspection Fee

Footpath Crossing Deposit

Some works may require additional Council approvals to complement the Development/Construction Certificate Process. These include any form of alteration to Council's road reserve, i.e. driveway, footpath reconstruction, drainage connection and the like, removal of a street tree, and discharge of pumping operations to a kerb (Section 138 of the Roads Act), erection of structures or placement of any articles upon or over a public road or footpath, carrying out any activities on community or public land (i.e. in a park or on a beach), erection of temporary structures, installing hoardings or other structures onto road, footpath or nature strip, sewer and stormwater connections, management of waste (S68 of the Local Government Act). Separate application forms are currently required for these approvals, and these are available online and at Council's Customer Service Centre. Check with Council staff before lodging your application to ensure all information is required to be submitted.

If your application requires an approval under the S138 of the Roads Act, full details of the layout of the proposed driveway crossing, drainage connections including temporary structures and the like are required to be provided with the Development Application.

BASIX - Building Sustainability Index

What is BASIX?
BASIX, the Building Sustainability Index, is an interactive, web-based planning tool designed to assess the potential performance of residential developments against a range of sustainability indices. BASIX has been introduced by the NSW Government to ensure that all new residential development satisfies energy and water reduction targets.

Development that needs a BASIX certificate
Every application for development consent or a complying development certificate for a new residential development must be lodged with a BASIX certificate. A BASIX certificate is also needed for many development applications for alterations and additions. Alterations and additions with a cost of $50,000 or more need a certificate, as do swimming pools with a volume of more than 40,000 litres.

Exemptions from a BASIX certificate
Projects that are valued at less than $50,000 are exempt from the need for a BASIX certificate. Minor developments, including garages, storerooms, car ports, gazebos, verandahs and awnings are exempt. An applicant may voluntarily lodge a BASIX certificate for a project that would normally be exempt.

How does the BASIX tool operate?
BASIX is a self-assessment tool to be used by building applicants and others involved in designing residential development proposals. BASIX is accessed via the NSW Government's BASIX website:

Applicants for BASIX-affected development must include the BASIX certificate with the Development Application that is lodged with Council. All specific commitments that the BASIX certificate requires to be shown on the Development Application plans must be shown on Development Application plans. For example, if the certificate states that a 4500 litre rainwater tank is needed, the plans must show a 4500 litre rainwater tank.

Further information
For further information, please go to the BASIX website, or contact the BASIX help line on 1300 650 908 on weekdays between the hours of 2pm to 5pm.

Additional Information

Fact Sheet No 1 - Owner's Consent for Development Applications
Residential Construction Cost Estimator

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