Applications

Queensland

In most instances, a development (town planning) application is not required for domestic development in Queensland and a building application can be made directly to a Private Certifier.

Depending on what you wish to do, a development application may be required by the local government and/or state government agency. There are generally 2 types of applications:
•    Code – this  involves assessing an application against prescribed standards either in the Council Planning Scheme and/or State regulations; and
•    Impact – this involves a broad assessment of the impacts under the Council Planning Scheme and/ State regulations and includes public notification and possible third party submissions and appeals.
The application may involve a change to the use of land, the erection of buildings, site works and subdivision.
Typically an application is required for the following types of development:
•    Houses in character suburbs, environmentally sensitive areas and on small lots;
•    Development impacting on the appearance of heritage buildings;
•    Duplexes, townhouses, and apartments;
•    Shops, restaurants and other retail premises
•    Professional offices, medical centres, gyms and other related services;
•    Factories, warehouses, service premises and other industrial buildings.

Preparation of an application generally involves the following:
•    Site visit to ascertain environmental features of the site, physical improvements and the nature of surrounding land use and development;
•    Reviewing and advising on proposed drawings of the proposal;
•    Searches of records including previous application on the site, as well as those on nearby sites, title, easement and covenant details, and location of infrastructure;
•    Completion of development application forms;
•    Preparation of a submission supporting the application, responding to codes and other requirements;
•    Lodgement of the application documents; and
•    Liaison with Council staff during the application assessment process.
Depending on the nature of the application, it may require referral to other government agencies and the preparation of specialist reports, for example environmental impacts and traffic studies.
It is important your application is properly made with all the relevant information included. A poorly made application can be rejected after a couple of weeks, which means you lose valuable time and money.

Once an application has been assessed and approved, we will review the conditions and advise whether any further representations need to be made to Council. The proposal can then be lodged with either:
•    A Private Certifier for building approval; or
•    A Land Surveyor to prepare and lodge subdivision plan.

New South Wales

Development which complies with the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008 can be approved through a Complying Development Certificate by a Private Certifier. For more information see www.planning.nsw.gov.au/exemptandcomplying
However in New South Wales, most development will require a development application to be lodged with Council and/or state government agency. The application will be assessed under the Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plans (DCPs), as well as State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs).  The DCP will prescribe which applications require public notification.
The application may involve the use of land, the erection of buildings, site works and subdivision.

Typically an application is required for the following types of development:
•    Houses not meeting the requirements under Exempt and Complying Development Codes;
•    Development impacting on the appearance of heritage buildings;
•    Duplexes, townhouses, and apartments;
•    Shops, restaurants and other retail premises
•    Professional offices, medical centres, gyms and other related services;
•    Factories, warehouses, service premises and other industrial buildings.

Preparation of an application generally involves the following:
•    Site visit to ascertain environmental features of the site, physical improvements and the nature of surrounding land use and development;
•    Reviewing and advising on proposed drawings of the proposal;
•    Searches of records including previous application on the site, as well as those on nearby sites, title, easement and covenant details, and location of infrastructure;
•    Completion of development application forms;
•    Preparation of a submission supporting the application, responding to the LEP, DCPs and SEPPs;
•    Completion of associated application forms for plumbing, driveway, stormwater and erosion and sediment control;
•    Completion of a BASIX assessment to ensure houses meet energy and water sustainability requirements;
•    Checking compliance with covenant requirements where these have been imposed by the Council;
•    Undertaking a bushfire assessment;
•    Lodgement of the application documents; and
•    Liaison with Council staff during the application assessment process.

Depending on the nature of the application, it may require referral to other government agencies and the preparation of specialist reports, for example bushfire assessment; environmental impacts and traffic studies.
It is important your application is properly made with all the relevant information included. A poorly made application can be rejected after a couple of weeks, which means you lose valuable time and money.

Once an application has been assessed and approved, we will review the conditions and advise whether any further representations need to be made to Council. The proposal can then be lodged with either:
•    A Building Certifier for a Construction Certificate; or
•    A Land Surveyor to prepare a subdivision plan.