A Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) must always be submitted with a Development Application.
A Statement of Environmental Effects should address:
Under section 79C of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, we are required to assess the impacts of your development. Whilst we are usually able to do this using our own internal staff and internal experts it makes our job easier and quicker if your Statement of Environmental Effects contains all the necessary information for us to make an informed judgement about your proposal.
Often neighbours object to development because they don't understand the true impacts of a proposal. Therefore, there is a potential to reduce the number of objections that may arise by the lodgement of a Statement of Environmental Effects that clearly sets out the impacts and the steps to be taken to protect neighbours' amenity, e.g. boundary setbacks increased to reduce shadowing and overlooking of private open space, heights lowered in some areas to open up views to the harbour.
Yes. Our Development Application (DA) Guide (PDF) will help you prepare your Statement of Environmental Effects.