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The following information and advisory services are available to assist you with preparing a development application (DA).
City of Newcastle (CN) provides a free development and building advisory service by our Duty Officer, either over the phone or in person at our City Administration Centre.
Appointments with our Duty Officer are available in 20-minute allotments to assist you with general advice about preparing a development application.
Call 4974 2000 to book your appointment.
Appointments are available either over the phone or in person at our City Adminstration Centre at 12 Stewart Avenue, Newcastle.
If attending the appointment in person, please ensure you arrive five minutes prior to the appointment time to avoid delays.
To ensure you make the most of your time with the Duty Offer, it is recommended that you review the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) maps applicable to the site and relevant sections of the Development Control Plan.
No – this is a free service provided by CN.
For more detailed advice, a Pre-Development Application can be lodged. Please see below for more information.
Alternatively, you may wish to seek advice externally from a planning consultant.
A Pre-Development Application (Pre-DA) can be lodged to receive detailed advice on your DA prior to lodgement.
Applicants for medium and large developments are encouraged to use this service to assist in lodgement of a complete and comprehensive DA, as this will result in quicker processing times. The service may also assist applicants for dwelling houses that are impacted by heritage controls.
Complete a Pre-DA form and supply the following electronic documentation:
Additionally, for developments exluding single dwelling houses, please also supply:
CN will assess the information provided and provide advice by way of a letter, identifying any relevant issues to be addressed.
We may consider it appropriate to meet with you regarding your proposal. In this instance, a CN Officer will contact you to organise.
Within 21 days of the application being lodged, you will receive written advice that outlines:
Yes - for further information on the applicable application fees, refer to CN's Fees and Charges.
The NSW Planning Portal is a tool managed by the Department of Planning that provides a variety of information including:
Access to planning controls (i.e. zoning, height controls, heritage, mine subsidence) and legislation that applies to properties across the State, including the Newcastle LGA
Using the portal to identify a property and accessing the relevant planning controls will assist you in preparing an application for CN.
The development potential of your site is determined by its characteristics and the planning controls that apply to it. Information specific to Newcastle LGA can be found on our Land Use Planning pages.
This information is summarised on the e-Planning Spatial Viewer located on the NSW Planning Portal providing an overview of the planning controls and legislation that applies to properties across the State, including the Newcastle LGA.
CN's Local Environmental Plan (LEP) and Development Control Plan (DCP) provide guidance to the form of acceptable development.
To understand the Newcastle LEP 2012 both the written document and maps that make up the LEP must be reviewed. This information is summarised on the Planning Portal providing an overview of the planning controls and legislation that applies to properties across the State, including the Newcastle LGA
Alternatively a link to LEP maps relating to each suburb can be found:
The maps referred to in the Newcastle LEP 2012 are listed below. The map name consists of:
The available maps from the LEP are listed below, more information and a brief explanation of their application can be found here. The ‘key’ to the maps are located within the left hand column of each individual map.
The above information is also available by purchasing a Section 10.7 - Planning Certificate for the parcel of land.
The DCP also provides guidelines to enable you to prepare your development application. The most commonly referred to include:
Does the development fit into the streetscape? Will the neighbouring properties be impacted by overshadowing, a loss of privacy?
It is advised to discuss the application with your neighbours prior to finalising your design. Early discussions with your neighbours will give you the opportunity to explain your plans and resolve any concerns, reducing the likelihood of delays in the processing of the application.
Determine what issues may impact on the ability to develop the property. Typical issues include:
A Section 10.7 certificate shows the zoning of the property, its relevant state, regional and local planning controls and other property constraints such as land contamination, level of flooding and bushfire prone land. You can apply for and purchase a Section 10.7 Planning Certificate directly from CN.
Alternatively check the maps on CN's web pages. The development should be designed taking into consideration any land constraints.
Restrictions are placed on the airspace within 15km of Newcastle Airport to maintain the integrity of the airspace of the airport. Permission must be requested to the Department of Defence to erect tall structures and cranes having a height exceeding 30 metres above ground level.
For more information see The Operation of Cranes and Tall Structures in the Vicinity of Newcastle Airport (PDF).
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Call 4974 2000 to book your appointment.
Appointments are available in 20 minute time slots, either over the phone or in person at our City Administration Centre. No fee is charged for this service.
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City of Newcastle acknowledges that we operate on the grounds of the traditional country of the Awabakal and Worimi peoples.
We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and continuing relationship with the land, and that they are the proud survivors of more than two hundred years of dispossession.
CN reiterates its commitment to address disadvantages and attain justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this community.