How are DAs determined

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There are five levels at which we determine (approve or reject) development applications (including applications to amend consents, and applications for review of determination):

  1. Staff delegation by Development Assessment Team Leaders
  2. Staff delegation subject to review by the Application Review Panel (ARP)
  3. Application Assessment Panel (AAP)
  4. Woollahra Local Planning Panel (WLPP)
  5. Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel - Regionally significant development

The table below outlines development categories and the level at which development applications will be determined.

Level of Determination Type of Development Cost of Development
Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel
  • Regionally significant development listed in Schedule 7 of State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011
  • >$30M for general development
  • Other specified categories such as Council related development over $5M
Woollahra Local Planning Panel
  • Development identified in Schedule 1 of the Local Planning Panels Direction - Development Applications issued by the Minister for Planning
  • Any development that falls into the following specified categories: conflict of interest, contentious development, departure from development standards, and sensitive development
Application Assessment Panel
  • Reviews from staff
  • New RFBs, commercial and mixed use development
  • Licensed premises (excluding hotels/clubs)
  • $2M or greater
Application Review Panel
  • Any type of development not listed above
  • $500K-<$2M
  • Refuse or reject an application
  • Any type of development not listed above
  • <$500K

How do the delegations work?

The Council has given the General Manager delegations to determine development applications. The General Manager's delegations have been sub-delegated to staff including the AAP, the Director Planning and Development, the Manager Development Control and our Development Assessment Team Leaders.

Reports are prepared by the relevant Assessment Officer and placed for determination before the relevant staff delegate. The delegate reviews the assessment report and, if satisfied that all matters have been properly considered, and if satisfied with the recommendation and conditions of consent or reasons for refusal, determines the application.

Applications of a more complex nature are reported to the Woollahra Local Planning Panel or the Sydney Eastern City Planning Panel for determination.

How will I be notified of the outcome of my Development Application?

You will receive a Notice of Determination in the mail and you can track your DA online. Each person who made a comment or objection will also receive a Notice of Determination.

The Notice of Determination sets out the terms of the consent, appeal rights and conditions, or in the case of a refusal, the reasons for refusal.