Council Approval | Obtaining approval for you Development Application

Obtaining Council Approval for your Development Application

Obtaining Council Approval for alterations, renovations, extensions, new homes and structures or anything requiring a development application can be a time consuming and frustrating experience for home and property owners. Your local Council  can advise you what’s required but most people don’t have the time and knowledge to research and prepare their own submission for Council Approval.

The following drawings and documents are often required when seeking council approval of a Development Application (DA) or a Complying Development Certificate (CDC). These items will vary depending on your location and any planning restrictions on your property:

  • Survey Plan
  • Architectural drawings (site plan, floor plan(s), demolition plan, elevations, sections etc)
  • Structural drawings (slabs, footings, structural steel layout, connection details etc)
  • Application Forms and Checklists
  • Building Specifications
  • Colour Schedules of new external materials
  • Waste Management Plan (WMP)
  • Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE)
  • Erosion and Sediment Control Plans (ESCP)
  • BASIX Certification
  • Heritage Impact Statement (where required)
  • Bushfire Assessment Reports (where required)
  • Shadow Diagrams
  • Perspective or 3D views


  • Gather all the information for the council approval before you start – drawings, specifications, application forms, Development Control Plan (DCP) and Local Environment Plan (LEP) for your local Council;
  • Obtain a Section 149 Certificate from your local Council which will note any planning restrictions on your property;
  • Use your local Council’s checklists to determine what you need to provide for your development;
  • Arrange a meeting with Council’s staff to discuss your development at an early stage and again prior to lodgement to make sure you have provided everything that is required to obtain council approval; and
  • If required, contract some external assistance. Engaging a consultant that specialises in these services can save you countless hours in research and preparing your own submission.

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