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How are Development Applications assessed

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What is the process?

DA assessment process
  1. Once you submit your DA, it goes through an initial review and is assigned to an assessment team.
  2. If necessary, your application will be sent for expert referrals to applicable bodies internal and external to Council.
  3. Most applications then have a advertising and notification period where local residents are able to comment or object to your development.
  4. We then assess your DA - common reasons why you may experience assessment delays.
  5. You are then notified of the determination (approval or rejection) of your DA.

Track your DA throughout this process.

How long will it take to determine your application?

This varies according to a number of issues including:

  • the complexity of the proposed development,
  • whether or not it needs to be publicly advertised/notified,
  • whether or not it complies with the rules,
  • whether or not objections are received, and
  • the range and complexity of issues that may need to be considered.

As a guide, the first table below shows the average time taken for Council to determine applications over the last two quarters of 2013-2014 and three quarters of 2014-2015.  

The table also indicates the difference in time frames according to the level of delegation exercised in determining the matter.

Summary of Determinations

Gross average determination time for Development applications - This includes STOP THE CLOCK, the time we wait for applicants to provide additional information

Quarter Staff ARP AAP DCC Council JRPP TOTAL Time
Jan-Mar  15-16
86
148
206
153
140
0
119
Apr-Jun  15-16
81
167
237
206
211
0
106
Jul-Sep  16-17
82
160
224
200
497
0
124
Oct-Dec 16-17
81
168
215
210
244
0
125
Jan-Mar 16-17
82
183
178
256
361
163
117

 
Number of Development Applications determined

Quarter Staff ARP AAP DCC Council JRPP TOTAL
Jan-Mar 15-16
72
26
13
12
3
0
126
Apr-Jun  15-16
99
16
7
14
3
0
139
Jul-Sep  16-17
101
19
9
19
2 0
150
Oct-Dec 16-17
97
25
7
25
4
0 158
Jan-Mar 16-17
99
16
2
11
3
1
132
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