Development Application Forms


DA - Apply Online, Checklist, Owner's Consent

DA pre-Application Meeting

DA Modifications

DA Additional Information to Council

DA Amended Plans Application

DA Review of Determination

DA Integrated

DA commitment table - commercial or mixed-use

DA Political Donations & Gifts Disclosure

DA submissions or objections

DA - Apply online, DA checklist and Owner's Consent


Two steps - use the DA application at the NSW Planning Portal; submit it and include our DA checklist and Owner's Consent form.


NSW Planning Portal

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


This online tool allows the lodgement of application forms and supporting information and plans.

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

Applications for development-related matters can no longer be made to Council.

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

We also need our DA checklist declaration, containing Owner's Consent signed. Owners consent is also required if part or whole of a privately-owned property encroaches onto Council land (when our Encroachment Management Policy applies).

DA Checklist and Owners Consent (s8.2) (402KB)

DA Fees Review of determination (s8.2) (213KB)

Fees are charged to cover costs where Council incurs them:

DA Fee Calculator (263KB)

DA Fee List (163KB)

The DA Compliance Levy is not applicable from 1 January 2022.


File Sizes and Names

Your electronic documents must be exact reproductions of your original documents.

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.

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.


The DA Process

Please refer to our introduction to the DA Process itself.

DA's may be local, integrated, or designated.

Expected processing time varies with the type of DA, its lodgement date and the issues that it presents. Extended turn around time will apply in the case of additional information and/or amended plans being required. Further delays can be anticipated if applications required renotification or referral to an external panel. 

Due to unusually high workload and demand for planning experts both within the public and private sectors, we are currently (in mid-2022) unable to give a reliable estimate of processing times.

All applications are required to be lodged through the NSW Planning Portal. Applications, including additional information can no longer be lodged with Council.


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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 here (tel 9936 8100) before lodging your meeting request to determine the appropriate level of service required.

Please complete this form before the meeting, which will only be booked upon receipt of fees and lodgement of supporting documentation at our Customer Service Centre.

Pre Application meeting form (231KB)


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DA Modification of Consent


An application to modify a DA consent, or approval granted by Council or the Land and Environment Court.

Div 4.9 sec 4.55 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979

Proposed changes must be substantially the same as the original consent or approval granted. Use the online form in the NSW Planning Portal.

For further guidance, the checklist in our form lists the sorts of further information that will be required:

DA Modify Checklist and Owners Consent (s4.55) (364KB)


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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 (170KB)

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 (199KB)


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Reviews and Appeals of Determination


A Review of Determination is an application requesting that Council review its determination of a DA.

In accordance with Div 8.3 sec 8.10 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, 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 us for details).

Your application must include an explanation of why you consider the Council should review its determination of the DA.

Where amendments are proposed pursuant to Div 8.2 of the EPA Act, fully detailed plans and a revised SoE effects etc. must be submitted in accordance with and guided by the DA Checklist and Owners Consent.

DA Checklist and Owners Consent (s8.2) (402KB)

DA Fees Review of determination (s8.2) (213KB)

Submit on the NSW Planning Portal


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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 with a DA for commercial or mixed-use developments that have a non-residential gross floor area less than 5000m2.

DA - Commitment table - efficient use of resources (268KB)


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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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DA submission or Objections

Submit your comment online:

Online: DA submission form


Formal comments that support or object to a DA currently on exhibition must be made in writing.

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 comments Expiry Date.


Submissions are Published

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 DA Application Tracking software.


Submissions NOT for Publication?

Requests to withhold information from publication, which is considered confidential or private/personal (including address or contact details), should be made within the online form - specifically indicating why such information should not be made publicly available.


More Information

Before lodging a submission, submitters are encouraged to refer to this: Submission information sheet (200KB)



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