Online DA Service
If you’re seeking council approval on a new build or renovation, you can submit development applications (DA) online – anywhere, anytime, with our Online DA Service.
Use of the service became mandatory for selected Greater Sydney and regional-centre councils on 1 July 2020. All councils can voluntarily elect to use the Portal and the use of the Online DA Service will be expanded throughout 2020-21 before becoming mandatory for all councils from July 2021.
Lodging a DA where the Minister of Planning is the consent authority
Certain Development Applications (DA) require the Minister to act as a consent authority when lodged with the Department. These applications can now be lodged online via the NSW Planning Portal.
When you click on the DA Service you will be asked some simple questions that will direct your application to the right place. If there are any problems we will contact you for clarification and redirect the application if required.
Lodging a DA under the Alpine SEPP where the Minister for Planning is the consent authority for development can still be lodged via email to the Alpine Resorts Team until 01 July 2021.
What is Local Development?
A development is considered local development if a local environmental plan (LEP) or State environmental planning policy (SEPP) says that development consent is required before the development can take place.
The procedures for applying for development consent, the level of environmental assessment required, the notification required, and appeal rights will differ depending on how a development is categorised. These categories include designated development, integrated development and advertised development.
How to apply online
- Register for a NSW Planning Portal account to start your application.
- Log in to complete the online application form. You will need to submit Statement of environmental effects, Owner's consent and a Cost estimate report. You may be required to submit further documents to support your development application
You can check the list of councils below to see if the service is available in your Local Government Area.
Councils using the Online DA service
Your guide to the DA process
Building a new house or renovating your property is always exciting. However, the Development Application process can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming. That’s why we’ve developed ‘Your guide to the Development Application process – Small housing development’, so the pathway to building your home can be faster and easier.
View your guide
The Best Practice Guide for Councils
The guide draws on successful practices used by councils that assist in the timely determination of development applications. It was developed in close collaboration with many high growth local councils and draws on their proven processes and procedures.
Since the guide was released, the Department has met with 37 councils across regional and metropolitan NSW to discuss their development assessment processes. Many councils site the guide as a useful resource and benchmarking tool.
View the Best Practice Guide
Many people in NSW lost their homes or businesses in the recent devastating bushfires across the state.
The NSW Government is continuing to make changes to planning rules to make it easier for people to recover and rebuild after these bushfires.
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is continuing to work with councils, communities and state agencies on what else is needed to support the recovery and rebuilding effort.
More information is available on the Department’s website.
If you need assistance using the Online development application service, please view our quick reference guides or contact ServiceNSW on 1300 305 695 for additional support.
If the online DA service is not yet available in your area, you can apply directly to your local council.