Development Application Forms


DA - Development Application

DA pre-Application Meeting

DA Modification - Section 4.55

Additional Information to Council

Amended Plans Application

DA Review of Determination - Section 8.2

DA Integrated

DA Commitment Table - use of Resources

DA Political Donations & Gifts Disclosure

Encroachment Owners Consent

DA Submissions

Development Application (DA)


A Development Application (DA) is generally required for alterations and additions, some changes of use of premises, new buildings, and changes proposed to a building in a Conservation Area or a heritage-listed building.


Planning Portal

From January 1, 2021 the NSW Government has mandated that all development related applications (DA, CC, CDC. Subdivision etc) Must be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal.


This is an online tool which allows the lodgement of application forms and supporting information and plans. Applications for development related matters can no longer be made to Council.

Applicants will need to create an online account to lodge applications.

Please refer to the Planning Portal website for further information and FAQs.

North Sydney Council is currently reviewing the information on our website to reflect the new arrangements and we ask your patience while this transition is underway.

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You can read more about the DA process here.


Electronic Lodgement  

Your electronic documents must be exact reproductions of the original source documents. The declaration within the application form must be signed.

DA Form (478KB)

Commercial & Mixed-use commitment table (102KB) fill-in with DA

DA Fee Calculator (229KB)

DA Fee List (98KB)1

1 Fees are charged to cover the cost of any scanning and where Council is required to archive the documents.


The DA Process

Please refer to our introduction to the DA Process itself.

DAs may be local, integrated or designated with an approximate turnaround time of 60 days unless additional information is required, or amended plans are required, or the application needs to be referred to State authorities, which may add to the project turnaround timeframe.

Council has moved across to electronic lodgement platform, and supplying copies of your application in an electronic format is part of our commitment to continuous improvement and making information accessible, which enables:

  • planners to extract relevant information for assessment reports
  • plans and documentation of DAs to be electronically displayed during the exhibition period through Council’s DA tracking system
  • as all the electronic information provided will be publicly available (excluding part A of the DA application form and internal plans), personal information such as credit card details and any other personal information must not be copied onto the USB.

We cannot accept applications, you must submit your application through the portal.

To preserve the integrity of application documentation across multiple platforms, digital files must be supplied in PDF. Documents should be created and exported to PDF or PDF/A using CAD, Vector Bitmap or word processing software such as Word. This process will assist in preserving the visual quality of your submission. Any additional or updated information supplied after submitting your application must also be supplied electronically.


File Sizes and Names

Each plan must be supplied in PDF or PDF/A files that are no larger than 20MB in size and optimised for publishing to the web. PDF or PDF/A files larger than 20MB should be broken up into logical parts and supplied as separate files. All accompanying written documentation must be supplied in PDF, formatted to A4 and also optimised for publishing to the web. Note that subfolders and zip files should not be used. Please refer to the checklist (in our DA Form) for specifications and file naming.


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Pre DA Meeting (fees apply)


This meeting can be chaired by an Assessment Team Leader or an Executive Planner, and attended by appropriate technical advisers on Heritage, Engineering, Landscaping, etc. This pre-application service is available to ALL applicants and ALL meetings attract a fee (see form below for details). Similarly, this also applies to pre-Planning Proposals meetings.

Please consult a Planning Advisor (tel 9936 8100) before lodging your meeting request to determine the appropriate level of service required.

Note: please complete this form before meeting - which will be booked only upon receipt of fees and lodgement of supporting documentation at our Customer Service Centre.

Pre Application meeting form (120KB)


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DA Modification of Consent or Approval


An application to modify a consent or approval granted by Council or Land and Environment Court. Proposed changes must be substantially the same as the original consent or approval granted.

Modify a Consent/Approval form (406KB)

For further guidance regarding lodgement, this form has a checklist which alerts you of any further information that will be required.


Changeover Period

Council will accept Modification of Consent lodgements with the old form and requirements of lodgement up until 21 July 2020 (inclusive), after which time all Modification of Consent Applications must be lodged as per this new application form and internal plans will be subject of release on Council’s DA Application Tracking System.


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DA Additional Information to Council


This form may be required to be submitted during the assessment process of your DA or Modification of Consent. Examples of accompanying documents include: Statement of Environmental Effects, Heritage Impact Statement, Shadow Diagrams etc.

Additional Information form (85KB)

The form must be accompanied by the Archiving Fee.

This form is not to be used when submitting Amended Plans to Council, as additional fees may be required for re-advertising, instead please use the Amended Plans form below.


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Amended Plans


An amended plan form and applicable fees need to be lodged if you intend to submit, or are required to submit, altered plans during the assessment of a DA or Modification of Consent.

Amended Plans form (94KB)


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Review of Determination - section 8.2


A Review of Determination (Section 8.2) is an application requesting that Council review its determination of a development application. In accordance with Section 8.10 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Section 8.2 Review applications must be determined no later than six (6) months after the date of the determination of the DA. This means that you should lodge your Review application as soon as possible after determination of the DA to ensure Council has adequate time to undertake the review. You cannot make this application if the development is 'designated development' or 'integrated development'. If unsure, contact Council for details.

Your application must include an explanation of why you consider the Council should review its determination of the DA (page 2 of the form, or attach a written statement). In addition, where amendments are proposed pursuant to Section 8.2 of the Act, fully detailed plans and a revised Statement of Environmental effects etc. must be submitted together with this form in accordance with the DA Checklist.

Review of Determination section 8.2 (326KB)


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DA - Integrated Development


Some developments will require integrated development consent from North Sydney Council and one or more approvals under other Acts from State Government Departments and Public Authorities. A list of the types of development which will require approval from another authority, which may be relevant to North Sydney Council, are listed in the information sheet below.

If your application is for Integrated Development, you are required to tick the appropriate boxes on the DA Form.

DA - Integrated Development (536KB)


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Commitment Table - efficient use of Resources


This commitment table is to be completed for all development applications for commercial or mixed use developments that have a non-residential gross floor area less than 5000m2.

DA - Commitment table - Efficient use of Resources (191KB)


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Political Donations & Gifts Disclosure


When applying for a DA, or making a submission to Council regarding a current DA, if you have made a political donation within the last two years or gift to any local councillor or Council employee, then fill in this form, and submit it with your DA, or submission.

Political Donations & Gifts Disclosure form (56KB)

More info: frequently asked questions about this legislation


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Encroachment - Owners Consent Form

(Checklist and Guide only)

Owners consent is required if a portion of, or the whole of a privately owned property encroaches onto Council land. Our Encroachment Management Policy will then apply.

Encroachment - Owners Consent form (47KB)

Checklist and Guide (only) (47KB)


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DA Submissions

Formal comments in support of, or objection to a DA currently on exhibition must be made in writing and addressed to the General Manager.

Submissions should relate directly to the work proposed and its possible impact on surrounding property, or the locality. Please ensure that Council receives all comments by the Expiry Date.

In the interests of public transparency, please note that your submission in its entirety will be available to the applicant and the public via Council’s Application Tracking software. Requests to withhold information from publication, which is considered confidential or privileged (including address or contact details), should be made by way of a separate cover document specifically indicating the reason/s why such information should not be made publicly available. Use Council’s

Submission Cover Sheet (199KB) (or provide cover email/letter)

Submissions received in response to DAs notified from 17 July 2020 onwards will be published on Council’s Application Tracking.

Submit your comments in either of two ways:

Online: DA Submission form

Post:    DA Submission Form (168KB)


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