Application Process

Application Process

For most types of development approval applications, a reputable architect, draftsperson or town planner should be engaged to prepare and assist with the submission.

The development approval application needs to include:

  • Fully dimensioned submission plans including site plan, floor plan and elevations
  • A detailed letter explaining any variations to the prescribed requirements


    Planning Customer Enquiries 

    One of our Urban Planners is available to attend to general planning enquiries during business hours. Enquiries can be made as follows:  

    • By phone on 9474 0777 - a message will be taken by the Customer Service Team if the duty Urban Planner is unavailable 

    • In person - by appointment at the Civic Centre. Please call to make an appointment 

    • In person - from 9.30-10.30am or 3-4pm at the Civic Centre (no booking required) 

    • Online via Microsoft Teams – please call to make an appointment 

    Information sheets


    Please refer to the checklists in the documents list below for more information on what is required for some of the common types of development approval applications.

    Application forms


    What is the difference between development approval and a building permit? Do I need a building permit? Can I lodge a building permit application at the same time? How do I obtain a building permit? How long will my application for development approval take to be approved? Can I view development applications within the City? Do applications over $10 million require additional approval?

    Related fees

    Development Approvals

    DAP Applications

    Strata Plan

    Planning Advisory Services

    Planning Scheme Amendment

    Local Development Plan

    Subdivision Applications

    Contact us

    For more information about development approvals, please contact the City’s Planning department.