Development Application Process

The development process can be a complex process. It is recommended that you utilise the services of professionals to assist you with the preparation of your plans and or application.

The  Department of Planning website has developed a guide,  "Your guide to the Development Application Process - Small housing development" to assist in making the process faster and easier.

For information relating to the services provided by Newcastle Council, use the links provided below: 

  1.  Prelodgement
  2.  Lodgement
  3.  Submitting an Application to Council?
  4.  Notification and Public Comments
  5.  Assessment
  6.  Determination
  7.  Post DA

Advisory Service

We provide a free advisory service to the public to help with basic enquiries on the development and building process and Council’s planning controls.

Enquiries can be made by:
 
  • Calling 4974 2000 between 7:00am and 6:00pm
  • Visiting Council’s City Administration Centre between 8.30am and 4:00pm. You will need to book an appointment - call 4974 2000.
Appointments are available in twenty minute allotments with Council's Duty Officer to assist you with general advice about preparing a development application and to review your application when you are ready to lodge your application. To ensure you make the most of your time with the Duty Offer, it is recommended that you review the LEP maps applicable to the site and relevant sections of the DCP.  To make an appointment call 4974 2000. For more detailed information you are advised to access our  Pre-Development Applications Services.

If you are seeking free advice on the law and how it relates to you and your neighbour the Legal Information Access Centre has produced an easy to understand guide to the different areas of law that are involved in neighbourhood issues and disputes.  It is titled  'Neighbours and law'.  It covers areas that commonly cause problems between neighbours including: dividing fences, retaining walls, overhanging branches, animals and noise.

Note: For every property transaction you make, you need to think about tax implications. To help you to determine property related GST obligations, refer to the  GST and Property Guide on the Australian Taxation Office website.