The pre-lodgement stage is the front end of the development assessment process. If you get the front end right you are likely to have a simple DA process. Giving council an assessment-ready application, with all required information will not ‘guarantee’ approval – however, it will promote an efficient process, saving you both time and money. Read the Department of Planning and Environment's pre-lodgment guide for more information about preparing your DA.
Before you prepare and lodge an application, we encourage you to discuss it with one of Council's planners to obtain general advice. This is a free service, available via phone between 2pm and 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.
Formal Pre-DA meeting
Detailed written advice can be obtained through a formal Pre-DA meeting. These meetings are reserved for significant proposals, including significant agricultural operations, multi-dwelling developments, subdivisions of more than 10 lots, commercial developments, industrial developments, and all temporary events requiring development consent; or proposals with complex planning considerations.
A formal meeting is intended to give consideration to the feasibility of your proposal and provide information in relation to the assessment process. The principal objective is to identify and resolve constraints related to your project before submitting your application. The meeting is for discussion and clarification only and isn't intended to pre-empt a final decision in relation to a DA.
Although Pre-DA meetings are not mandatory, consultation early in the process may prevent delays in processing of your application.
To book a Pre-DA meeting contact Council’s Planning team.