Online DA Service
If you’re seeking council approval on a new build or renovation, you can submit Development Applications (DA) online – anywhere, anytime, with our online DA service on the NSW Planning Portal.
Use of the NSW Planning Portal became mandatory for all councils from July 2021.
What is Local Development?
A development is considered local development if a local environmental plan (LEP) or State environmental planning policy (SEPP) says that development consent is required before the development can take place.
The procedures for applying for development consent, the level of environmental assessment required, the notification required, and appeal rights will differ depending on how a development is categorised. These categories include designated development, integrated development and advertised development.
How to apply online
- Register for a NSW Planning Portal account to start your application.
- Log in to complete the online application form. You will need to submit Statement of environmental effects, Owner's consent and a Cost estimate report. You may be required to submit further documents to support your development application
Contact the relevant consent authority, this is usually the local council, to discuss supporting document requirements before applying for a development application.
Telecommunications in new developments
If you are a developer or owner-builder, there are important Commonwealth telecommunications rules you need to comply with.
Your guide to the DA process
Building a new house or renovating your property is always exciting. However, the Development Application process can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming. That’s why we’ve developed ‘Your guide to the Development Application process – Small housing development’, so the pathway to building your home can be faster and easier.
We have prepared a list of the documents and drawings that should accompany applications for development.
The Best Practice Guide for Councils
The guide draws on successful practices used by councils that assist in the timely determination of development applications. It was developed in close collaboration with many high growth local councils and draws on their proven processes and procedures.
Since the guide was released, the Department has met with 37 councils across regional and metropolitan NSW to discuss their development assessment processes. Many councils site the guide as a useful resource and benchmarking tool.
Many people in NSW lost their homes or businesses in the recent devastating bushfires across the state.
The NSW Government is continuing to make changes to planning rules to make it easier for people to recover and rebuild after these bushfires.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is continuing to work with councils, communities and state agencies on what else is needed to support the recovery and rebuilding effort.
More information is available on the Department’s website.
In accordance with the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2021, applicants are required to pay a digital application processing fee for certain planning applications and certificates.
A full list of fees can be found on the NSW Planning Portal Service Fees page.
If you need assistance using the Online development application service, please view our quick reference guides or contact ServiceNSW on 1300 305 695 for additional support.