> What happens after I lodge a Development Application (DA)?
Generally, after a DA is lodged, the process is as follows:
1) Your DA will be placed on public exhibition. This allows interested parties, such as your neighbours or local businesses, to view your development plans and raise any concerns.
2) Council assesses your DA against the relevant controls, including State Environmental Planning Policies, Local Environmental Plans and Development Control Plans.
3) If your DA fails to comply with one of the controls, this doesn’t mean it will be automatically refused. Council will undertake a merit assessment to decide whether the positives of your approval outweigh the negatives.
4) If your DA is successful, you will be granted development consent. There may be some conditions of consent imposed, such as works that must be carried out before occupation or materials that can be used.
5) If your DA is unsuccessful, you can request for council to review the determination (with or without amendments to your original DA) or lodge an appeal at the Land and Environment Court.