Development Application Process

Did you know from 1 January 2021, all development applications and the majority of post consent certificates must be submitted through the NSW Planning Portal? Find out more about E-Planning with City of Newcastle (CN).

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 have developed 'Your guide to the Development Application Process' to assist in making the process faster and easier.

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

  1. Prelodgement
  2. Lodgement
  3. Notification and Public Comments
  4. Assessment
  5. Determination
  6. 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 our planning controls.

Enquiries can be made by:

  • Calling (02) 4974 2000 between 8:00am and 5:00pm
  • Visiting our City Administration Centre at 12 Stewart Avenue, Newcastle West between 8.30am and 4:00pm. You will need to book an appointment, please call (02) 4974 2000.

Appointments are available in twenty minute allotments with our Duty Officer to assist you with general advice about preparing a development 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 Application 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.